The Editor, Sir:
We will soon celebrate 51 years of Independence. But are we really independent?
We are far from any form of independence where humanity and freedom of expression are concerned.
The basic human rights of many vulnerable groups in this country are still being infringed upon.
Government officials still make rhetoric of promises and change, yet nothing happens, or they move at a slow pace. Enough is enough! It is high time more of us make the Government work for us.
Independence does not stop at the hands of politician nor does it begin with them. Being independent means being free from outside control and not depending on another authority such as government.
TAKE A STAND
Importantly, when the Government fails to value basic human rights, especially those of children, it is the people, including civil society, whose responsibility it is to stand up and advocate strongly, reminding the Government that we did not elect it to idle or find excuses, but to work and honour the office.
More interest groups should let their voices be heard as this is the only way we will get change. We must be the change we want to see.
I applaud Jamaicans for Justice for its public campaign against children being held in state lock-ups, and I ask many other such groups to be real and advocate for good governance, accountability and transparency in Jamaica, land we love.
JUMOKE S PATRICK