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Amnesty International calls for Tivoli incursion probe

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

TWO YEARS to the day after the so-called Tivoli Gardens incursion by the security forces, which resulted in the deaths of 73 people, Amnesty International has, for the first time, called for the Portia Simpson Miller Government to appoint an independent commission of enquiry to probe human-rights abuses.

The group wants the commission to be given a broad mandate and powers.

According to the human-rights lobby, notwithstanding the short period in office, the administration has been silent on the issue.

Amnesty International said the Simpson Miller administration had not taken a position in relation to the investigation of human rights violations committed during the state of emergency, which was declared on May 23, 2010.

It is not the first time the human-rights group has made the call, having urged the former Jamaica Labour Party administration to establish an enquiry.

However, the previous administration had said it was awaiting a report from Public Defender Earl Witter into human-rights abuses by members of the security forces before making a decision on the matter.

Witter had said he would submit a report to Parliament shortly.