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Ja committed to protecting rights, Holness tells Amnesty International

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 11:50 PM
Holness met with members of the human rights group on Tuesday here and received it's report titled 'Waiting in Vain' an examination of challenges facing the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to assure Amnesty International of the Government’s commitment to ensuring human rights of all Jamaicans are protected, preserved and maintained. 

Holness met with members of the human rights group on Tuesday here and received it's report titled 'Waiting in Vain' an examination of challenges facing the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

In the report, Amnesty International stated that the Jamaican police persistently promote fear among women and families in marginalised communities who are pursuing justice for relatives who are victims of unlawful police shootings.

It strongly recommended steps to reform the police force and take immediate actions to address serious failings of internal accountability in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Prime Minister Holness indicated that even though the police force has the authority to use force in specified circumstances, it must do so sparingly adding that persons who are empowered to uphold the law must preserve the law.

He further stated that the government will continue to maintain the Independent Commission of Investigations as a critical partner in ensuring probity, transparency and integrity in Jamaica’s security operations.