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Attorney Samuels welcomes UN call for anti-beating law in Jamaica

Published:Monday | February 9, 2015 | 4:16 PM
Bert Samuels - File

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says he welcomes news that the United Nations is pushing Jamaica to pass a law to abolish corporal punishment.



The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued the call after a presentation from a Jamaican delegation led by Youth Minister Lisa Hanna last month.



The committee was also responding to concerns in a report submitted by human rights group Jamaicans for Justice.



Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning, Samuels said he was happy Jamaica is being put under pressure to abolish an act that is part of Jamaica’s slavery past.



Jamaica is party to international conventions which are against corporal punishment.



The Youth Minister says the issue of enacting laws to ban corporal punishment is being reviewed under the Child Care and Protection Act.



However, she says the issue requires what she calls significant dialogue with Jamaicans.



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