A Joint Statement from the Ambassador of the European Union to Jamaica and the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Jamaica

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fromMarianne Van Steen, Ambassador of the European Union to Jamaica

andDr. Garry Conille, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Jamaica

onThe violence perpetrated on November 16th against several participants of a Spotlight Initiative Workshop in Westmoreland

The past few days have been disturbing. On Sunday, November 14, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that States of Emergency were in place in no less than seven police divisions: three parishes in western Jamaica (St. James, Westmoreland, and Hanover), and four divisions in Kingston. This was in response to our soaring murder rate, largely perpetrated by criminal gangs; and to the extreme psychological impact of the ongoing crime and violence on Jamaicans in all walks of lifebut especially those in the most vulnerable communities, who are the victims. While the jury is still out on whether this is an effective anti-crime strategy, it has helped to ease the…

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