Justice matters in Jamaica

Petchary's Blog

One of our favourite American political podcasters, who focuses largely on the ex-President’s interminable legal manouevrings, intones at the end of each podcast: “Because Justice. Matters.” Emphasis on the final word.

Well, so it does in Jamaica, too. Our Police Commissioner is looking increasingly haggard at each quarterly press conference, and our Prime Minister seemed rather weary yesterday after a morning tour of his own inner-city Kingston constituency, which was hit by a wave of violence over the past few days.

In its latest efforts to “get tough on crime,” the Lower House of the Jamaican Parliament has just passed the Firearms (Prohibition, Restriction and Regulation) Act, 2022, which you can take a look at here. Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice has just put out a detailed press release on the legislation, which I am sharing below.

Before I get to that, we cannot ignore remarks made…

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