Amnesty International lashes Jamaica over Tivoli report delays

(Jamaica Gleaner) Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has described as unacceptable the protracted delays by the Public Defender, Earl Witter, to present the report into the 2010 operations into Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston.

Witter missed yet another deadline on Tuesday to present the report to the Parliament.
“Continued delays in the investigation into the killing of 73 people in May 2010 during an operation by security forces in West Kingston could be letting people get away with murder,” said an Amnesty International spokesperson in a release today.

In a letter sent to House Speaker Michael Peart, Amnesty International questioned ongoing delays.

“It is outrageous that nearly three years since the Tivoli Gardens killings the Jamaican authorities are far from being able to answer the many questions that remain,” said Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International.

“By failing to ensure that those responsible for the killings, disappearances and arbitrary arrests that took place in Tivoli in 2010, the Jamaican authorities are simply sending the message that human rights abuses are permitted and won’t be punished.”

Amnesty cited an incident in July 2012, when National Security Minister Peter Bunting said that the Office of the Public Defender was understaffed to undertake the scale of investigation into the Tivoli operations.

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