Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, is clarifying his call for the establishment of a Human Rights Commission in Jamaica.
Mr. Holness says such a commission would not overlap with the roles performed by existing state agencies such as the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM and the Office of the Public Defender.
Rather, his vision is for a super-agency that would subsume the functions of both those entities.
Mr. Holness’ call follows his tour of the Barnett Street lockup in St. James, where 31 year old Mario Deane was fatally beaten last week.
Deane had been jailed for possession of a ganja spliff.
At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Mr. Holness outlined the role of a Human Rights Commission in handling such incidents.
He says the Commission would hold the police to higher levels of accountability.
Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, speaking on Nationwide This Morning.