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Jamaica shuns IACHR hearing

Jamaica Gleaner / The Jamaican government today shunned an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing examining the alleged unlawful detention of persons by the Jamaican police.

The government reportedly took issue with heading under which the hearing was being heard.

It was titled ‘Reports of Extrajudicial Executions and Excessive Use of Preventive Detention against Afro-descendants in Jamaica’.

The Jamaican government said it disagrees with the use of the word afro-descendants as it suggests that these persons are being targeted by the police.

At the same time, the Government said more than 90 per cent of Jamaicans are afro-descendants.

However, the president of the commission, Francisco Eguiguren, through an interpreter, said he did not understand the refusal of Government representatives to attend.

He argued it would have been more helpful if the Jamaican government had attended to clarify its position:

  President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Francisco Eguiguren, speaking through an interpreter

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