United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr. Bruno Pouezat has offered assistance to the Ministry of Justice in its work to implement the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Report, 2016. He said that the UN was prepared to provide assistance with coordinating the implementation of interventions in a cohesive manner. He said that the UN was in the final stages of completing the new five-year country plan for Jamaica and that it was a good time for the Ministry of Justice to indicate its areas of need.
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck told Mr. Pouezat that there was an immediate need to establish two Restorative Justice centres in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town that were adversely affected by the events of 2010. The Restorative Justice interventions are currently being employed in 10 communities throughout Jamaica. Three of these communities are in Kingston and St. Andrew (Trench Town, August Town and Tower Hill). The programme is also in the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Westmoreland and St. James.
The Justice Minister is the chair of the subcommittee that was established by Cabinet in June to determine the structures that would be needed to implement the recommendations in the report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
Minister Chuck also pointed to the National Human Rights Institute which the Ministry intends to establish, noting that the Ministry would welcome support in setting up the Institute and also in training of the judiciary, Justices of the Peace and leaders from other spheres of endeavour in the area of human rights.
“We have started sensitization on the ground with community leaders across Jamaica but we need to train these leaders to be able to function as part of the Restorative Justice process in their communities.”
Representatives from UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF provided the Minister of Justice and Permanent Secretary Carol Palmer with an update on their programme of work in Jamaica and the specific areas of intervention that relate to the justice sector.
The United Nations Country Team they made a courtesy call on the Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck on Tuesday (September 13) at the Justice Ministry in Kingston.