JFJ disturbed by JLP's decision not to participate in Tivoli Enquiry
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor – Radio
Human Rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says it’s deeply disturbed by the Jamaica Labour Party’s decision not to participate in the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry.
Insisting that the decision is not an attempt at a cover up, JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang said yesterday that the party will not participate nor did it make a recommendation on the terms of reference, because the enquiry is a waste of time.
JFJ Spokesperson Susan Goffe believes the JLP’s decision is premature and will have an impact on the party’s credibility.
Goffe believes by not getting involved the JLP members are abdicating their responsibility to participate in a process to determine the truth of what happened.
She’s questioning, if not an enquiry, then what is the JLP’s recommended method to unearth the truth of the events relating to the May 2010 incursion.
She notes that the enquiry took place under the leadership of the JLP administration and so the party must be prepared to have the truth of what happened made public.
Goffe says the JFJ is also disappointed that the JLP didn’t submit its recommendation of what the terms of reference should be.
Members of the public were given until June 21 to submit recommendations.
The government has developed a 14-point draft terms of reference for consideration.
Goffe adds that it’s puzzling that the JLP has seen that document but has decided against providing their perspective and expertise to the process.
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