Jamaica News, January 23, 2018
Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Tivoli Gardens Massacre: Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has so far refused requests to meet with victims of the 2010 Tivoli Gardens West Kingston Massacre who received no compensation from the Compensation Committee. These victims want to know why they were ignored.
Mr Chuck’s refusal is yet another reminder that Jamaican authorities still do not take seriously their legal and political responsibility to provide a remedy and reparations for the crimes committed by the security forces in 2010. This is a duty under international law and the UN’s “Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.”
On the face of the facts, the Minister has a duty to remedy serious shortcomings in the work of the Compensation Committee. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security compiled a list based on their investigation of at least 2500 people who suffered mild, severe or complete property damage in 2010. This list does not include those who were injured or whose relatives were killed.
The Compensation Committee decided to compensate only 450 victims for property damage, injuries and deaths. They interviewed only 97 persons. Their work was not transparent, there was no published terms of reference, and they were poorly served by the Public Defender – who we think has a moral duty to resign.
Minister Chuck has been written to by the people asking for a meeting. His refusal to even acknowledge receipt of their request suggests that he would rather they carry out protests at his Ministry to get his attention. They are prepared to do so.
Contributed by Dr Colin O Jarrett