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Unfortunate if JLP does not participate in Tivoli Enquiry, says Amnesty International

Published:Friday | July 5, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Amnesty International says it would be unfortunate if the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which formed the government at the time of the May 2010 Tivoli Operation chooses not to participate in an expected Commission of Enquiry into the events.




On June 24, JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the party will not participate in the Enquiry, adding that it is a waste of time and designed by the People’s National Party administration to vilify the people of West Kingston.



However, less than 24 hours later, media reports quoted JLP leader Andrew Holness saying that a decision had not yet been made.



Yesterday, researcher for the international human rights organisation, Chiaria Liguori said the Tivoli Operation, which left at least 70 people dead, is a matter of national interest in which the entire society should participate.



She stresses that the Opposition played an important role in how the events in the West Kingston constituency unfolded and must participate to ensure a credible enquiry.



Amnesty International says the proposed Enquiry will not be effective if the draft terms of reference are not amended.



Liguori says it is crucial that the terms of reference clearly mandate the Enquiry to identify those directly responsible for human rights abuses and the chain of command which controlled the incident.



In an interim report, Public Defender Earl Witter recommended a public enquiry with a call for former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, other past Cabinet ministers and senior security personnel to give an account of their oversight of the events.



The JLP is yet to give a definitive position.



The Government has not said when an Enquiry will commence.



The May 2010 joint police/military operation was aimed at capturing confessed drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.



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