THE EDITOR, Sir:
On Tuesday, September 17, a number of residents from west Kingston, and members of the Tivoli Committee, plan to march to Gordon House to deliver a petition to Speaker Michael Peart, demanding the right to address Parliament on a number of unresolved issues stemming from the brutal, military-style assault on the area in May 2010.
Please permit me to outline the areas we would like bring to the Parliament's attention:
1. There are hundreds of people whose property was criminally destroyed by the security forces but who have not been compensated. This compensation is legally due since the previous government acknowledged liability by authorising compensation. The process was flawed, however, and not all who suffered damage were compensated.
2. There are a number of persons who were wounded by the violence of the security forces and who now cannot afford the expensive medication that is required to keep them functioning.
3. We wish to explain to Parliament why we reject any commission of enquiry which does not ultimately involve the International Criminal Court. The basic reason is that the international legal concept of crimes against humanity and the involvement of those who have command responsibility is not part of Jamaica's judicial concept and practice. No prosecution can, therefore, result from the planned investigation.