Human rights in reverse
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I AM outraged at the alleged conditions in which children are detained, as outlined in your
article dubbed: 'Confined to 'hell': Jailed children suffer in MoBay'.
The lack of respect for human rights and dignity as described in the article is quite disturbing. Every human being is entitled to basic human rights, whether or not he/she is a criminal. It is a shame to know that as a nation we have often demonstrated a callous disregard for human rights. How can anyone imprison children (minors) and fail to provide basic living conditions, such as bedding and other necessities? These children also need proper legal representation. Anyone can be rehabilitated while being incarcerated as long as proper educational or training opportunities exist.
Parents or guardians should be held accountable for their children's actions. Jamaica needs to start indicting deadbeat parents who fail to provide for their children and those who abuse women and children. When parents fail then teachers fail and ultimately society fails. The cycle of violence in our communities and in our country will not cease until we get to the root of the problem.
There is an urgent need to reform our criminal justice system in order to properly handle the issues of child abuse, hate crimes, political tribalism and other social issues that are destroying our people and projecting abroad bad images of our country. Let us not wait for a major earthquake to strike before coming together as a nation.
Let us all live up to our national motto: 'Out of Many, One People'.
I am, etc.,