Human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice, JFJ, says it’s concerned that the re-tabled regulations governing the State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine is in conflict with the Constitution. 

JFJ says this may lead to abuses of the rights of persons living in the parish.

Executive Director of the organisation, Mickel Jackson, says there are doubts as to whether the regulations conform with the recent Constitutional Court ruling

The government tabled revised regulations last Thursday after passing an incorrect version earlier in the week.

Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, has also taken issue with the re-tabled regulations. 

He says he intends to write to the Attorney General expressing his concerns.

Miss Jackson notes several of the new provisions have the potential to abrogate the rights of Jamaicans.

Mickel Jackson, Executive Director of Jamaicans for Justice.

She was speaking with our news centre on Monday.

Meanwhile, Jamaicans for Justice says it does not believe the State of Emergency should be extended when it comes to an end on Friday.

The measure will hit the 14-day mark on Friday, triggering a parliamentary vote for its extension.

The government will require at least one Opposition Senator’s vote to secure an extension.

Mickel Jackson says her organisation has never supported the enhanced security measure being used as a crime fighting tool.

She points to several reports she says has routinely challenged the continued use of the enhanced security measure as a crime fighting tool.

Mickel Jackson, Executive Director of JFJ.