Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) said it was concerned that the government had declared a state of emergency in seven parishes without submitting the necessary regulations.
The declaration was made on Monday.
JFJ said the Regulations are important because they guide how security measures work, the powers of the military and police, what civil rights and liberties are restricted, and the means of reparation for violations. I claim there is.
Five years after the January 19, 2018 Mount Salem declaration, JFJ argued that it was still a concern that “emergency” measures could be taken as a routine crime-fighting tool.
It is also a reminder that the government announced a state of emergency in June 2022. The regulations submitted at the time were erroneous and ultimately had to be withdrawn.
“We express our deep disappointment that the government does not appear to be guided by past actions and concerns raised by civil society.
“Note that the accompanying regulations not only guide the operational framework, but also ensure democratic accountability, human rights and the rule of law in public emergencies,” JFJ said today. claimed in a statement.
Human rights groups said it was particularly disturbing that the establishment, composition, or location of emergency powers courts remained unknown without the necessary regulations.
“It is unconstitutional for a state not to guarantee access to an independent and impartial court.”
The organization believes that public emergencies are a serious constitutional measure and that the level of crime is alarming and must be tackled severely, but the measure should not be used in the fight against everyday crime. does not meet the constitutional standards for
JFJ urges the Government to make available to the public broadly its decrees of emergency powers, regulations, tribunal chairs, composition and procedures.
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