The Government of Jamaica is pleased to join the rest of the world in celebrating and recognizing Human Rights Day 2013.
Jamaica is proud to join the global community in observing International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking of Women and Children, established by the World Conference of the Coalition against Trafficking in coordination with the Women’s Conference held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in January 1999. Human Trafficking or modern day slavery is an international organized crime against humanity that has affected virtually every country. This illegal trade is the third most lucrative after arms trafficking and drugs.
Below is a Discussion Draft of the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Enquiry which is to be held into the events which took place in West Kingston during the State of Emergency in May 2010. The public is invited to submit comments on this Discussion Draft no later than
Friday 21st June, 2013, for consideration by the Government.
The theme for the the Jamaica 50 Essay and Poster Competition, hosted by the Ministry of Justice was "One People, One Spirit, One Justice". Contestants were required to briefly explain their understanding of the theme and discuss what can be done to achieve or maintain this in Jamaica.
The Winners are as follows:
The Government will now have the resources to improve the service delivery and management capacity of justice sector institutions, following the launch of the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme.
This programme seeks to reform Jamaica’s justice system, making it more available, accessible, accountable, flexible, fair and affordable in a timely, courteous, respectful and competent manner for all citizens.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) along with CUSO-VSO and United Nations Children's Fund recently launched the first phase of the Children in Court - Court Prep programme.
The launch took place at the Mandeville Hotel, in Mandeville and had in training 48 volunteers from Westmoreland, St Elizabeth, Hanover, Trelawny, St James, Clarendon and Manchester.
Physical Disabled Persons who have in the past been refused licenses to drive based on the requirements of the Road Traffic Act Regulations of 1938 will soon be able to apply for a license, as the process is far advanced for the relevant paragraph of those Regulations to be amended.