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Tivoli Committee moves to take fight to International Criminal Court, UN
2013-10-01 12:05:04 | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Lobby group Tivoli Committee is to write to the International Criminal Court and the United Nations for them to determine if crimes against humanity were committed during the May 2010 police-military operation in West Kingston.
The group is convinced that the Court must get involved in the impending Tivoli Commission of Enquiry to avoid a whitewash of the events.
Committee representative Lloyd D’Agular says the group’s attorney is now preparing a legal brief on what happened in the 2010 operation, which will then be submitted to the Court and the UN.
D’Agular says the group decided to take the matter further after the Speaker of the House rejected the lobby group's petition to address the Parliament on the incursion.
The Speaker noted that Jamaica has not signed the Rome Statue, which established the Court and is not a State Party.
However, D’Agular has rejected that argument.
He says even in the absence of ratification, Article 12(3) of the International Criminal Court Statute permits any State by agreement to allow the Court to exercise jurisdiction over a particular case.
D’Agular further points out that the UN Security Council can refer crimes against humanity or war crimes to the Court as was done in the case of Sudan.
He says given the history of extrajudicial killings by the security forces going unpunished in Jamaica, it is important that the Government exercise international legal recourse available to ensure that those who committed crimes in the 2010 West Kingston operation are held accountable.
Residents have accused the security forces of extrajudicial killings and other abuses during the operation.
Seventy-three people were killed, dozens injured and many remain missing.
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