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Holness: Government will respect human rights in crime fight

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 1:20 PM
Holness says Jamaica will not overcome the crime problem using the security forces alone.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the government will respect human rights as it tries to address the country’s persistent crime problem.

Speaking this morning in Kingston, Holness said the government has learnt the lessons from past efforts to tackle crime and is now determined to get a handle on crime, using strategy while respecting human rights.

There’s been recent debate on how human rights should be treated as the country grapples with its crime problem.

Writing in a recent Sunday Gleaner article, columnist Ian Boyne said some communities should be locked down while some known crime perpetrators should be jailed.

Boyne also said the security forces should be able search peoples' properties without warrants because these are not normal times.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association and others have rejected that position emphasising that stepping on the constitutional rights of Jamaicans is not the way to go.

Speaking this morning, Holness said Jamaica will not overcome the crime problem using the security forces alone.

He argued that it has to be a joint cooperative partnership effort between the government, security forces and citizens.