Com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee must be trans­par­ent

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: This is an open let­ter to Del­roy Chuck, the min­is­ter of jus­tice. NOW THAT the mem­bers of the West Kingston Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee have been named, we the peo­ple ex­pect trans­parency in how this com­mit­tee is go­ing to op­er­ate.

What are its terms of ref­er­ence? Will there be open hear­ings? How will the vic­tims rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests be­fore the com­mit­tee?

These are im­por­tant ques­tions that need to be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately in or­der to avoid the ap­pear­ance that these in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing ap­pointed to carry out a hid­den agenda rather than op­er­at­ing in­de­pen­dently and in the in­ter­est of jus­tice.

No one has been held crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for the May 2010 mas­sacre, and given the late start for this com­mit­tee, it is al­ready ap­par­ent that the 2017-18 Bud­get is un­likely to in­clude com­pen­sa­tion monies. The point is made about the need for trans­parency.

The vic­tims should be al­lowed to col­lec­tively and pub­licly make their case to the com­mit­tee be­cause there are sev­eral com­plex mat­ters to be re­solved, such as the cat­e­gory of abuses suf­fered that are el­i­gi­ble for com­pen­sa­tion, and how those who fall within such cat­e­gories will be able to make their case, re­gard­less of whether they were of­fi­cially recorded or not.

We the peo­ple are watch­ing very care­fully to see whether this mat­ter will be treated with sin­cer­ity by you and the com­mit­tee. LLOYD D’AGUILAR lgdaguilar@ya­hoo.com

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