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Holness wants Human Rights Commission for Jamaica

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Adrian Frater, News Editor


The Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, wants the establishment of a Commission of Human Rights to take a proactive approach to protect the rights of citizens.

According to Holness, while Jamaica has a Public Defender, the office only reacts to incidents.

He says additional measures are needed to protect the rights of Jamaicans.

Holness was speaking at a press conference in Montego Bay earlier today, following a tour of the Barnett Street police Station, where 31-year-old construction worker, Mario Deane, suffered a brutal beating, which resulted in his death three days later on Independence Day.

Holness, who met with Deane’s mother and sister before the press conference, also said the police high command should use Dean’s death to sensitize its members about the importance of preserving the rights of citizens.

Meanwhile, Opposition spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith is calling for a review of the operational methods used at police stations, especially regarding how to decide which cells people should be assigned and when they should be offered bail.

Smith also wants the installation of Closed Circuit Televisions in police stations, especially those with serious allegations against them such as Barnett Street.

The police have reported that Deane was beaten by inmates.

However his family says doctors first reported that the police claim the construction worker fell from a bunk bed.

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