Hol­ness says hu­man rights will be pro­tected

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PRIME MIN­IS­TER An­drew Hol­ness has re­it­er­ated the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing the hu­man rights of Ja­maicans and to re­duc­ing the coun­try’s crime rate.

The prime min­is­ter noted that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Amnesty In­ter­na­tional were in the is­land re­cently, and he re­as­sured them that the coun­try stands com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing, pre­serv­ing and ad­vanc­ing hu­man rights in Ja­maica. He main­tained that “we are not go­ing to, in any way, change the course that we are on in terms of the main­te­nance of hu­man rights”.

He was speak­ing at the launch of The Global Part­ner­ship to End Vi­o­lence Against Chil­dren, held at the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter in St An­drew on Thurs­day.

“Though crime is a chal­lenge, our re­sponse will not be with more vi­o­lence. Law and or­der, de­cency and re­spect for our cit­i­zens will over­come crim­i­nal­ity in this coun­try, and the Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to that path,” Hol­ness said.

He fur­ther noted that a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme is be­ing de­vel­oped to ad­dress the is­sue of vi­o­lence in the so­ci­ety.

“The Gov­ern­ment has to start with the in­sti­tu­tions over which it has lever­age and con­trol, so the State should not en­dorse or use vi­o­lence as a nor­malised tool of con­trol over its cit­i­zens,” he ar­gued.

“Our po­lice force must never be seen as a pur­veyor of vi­o­lence against its cit­i­zens, and we are go­ing to change that. Our State homes must not be per­ceived as pur­vey­ors of vi­o­lence against our chil­dren. Our schools must not be seen as pur­vey­ors of vi­o­lence against our chil­dren,” Hol­ness em­pha­sised.


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