Human rights group, Amnesty International, says National Security Minister, Peter Bunting’s refusal to disclose information on investigations into allegations of human rights violations by the Police Force in Jamaica is worrying.
The group issued a statement today in which it sharply criticized a recent statement made to parliament by the Security Minister.
According to Amnesty International, Minister Bunting’s refusal to disclose information on an investigation into allegations of human rights violations by the Police is a threat to Jamaica’s international obligations.
The group says Bunting has sent the wrong signal on ending impunity in Jamaica.
Amnesty notes that Minister Bunting confirmed that international partners have decided to withdraw some of their support from Jamaica’s Police Force due to the 2010 West Kingston operation.
The group is also noting that mention was made of the INDECOM Clarendon/death squad probe.
Amnesty says it does not accept that more details cannot be provided on the alleged human rights excesses.
The group is urging the authorities in Jamaica to act with full transparency and to be accountable for any allegations of human rights violations.
Amnesty says every Jamaican is entitled to know the truth about human rights violations committed by members of the security forces or by others with the consent of a public official.
According to Amnesty International, the Government’s lack of transparency is particularly worrying in the context of the high rates of police killings recorded every year in Jamaica and the long-story of impunity for human rights violations committed by the security forces.