PNP Wants Urgent Action On Conditions At Detention Centers

The People’s National Party (PNP) is calling on the government to urgently and immediately address the inhumane conditions in the detention centres set up under the States of Emergency, particularly in St James.

Shadow spokesperson on Justice, Senator Donna Scott Mottley says “the damning report to members of the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament from Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry paints a crisis that no human being should be asked to endure.”

She was referencing detailed description by Mrs Harrison Henry of the conditions under which detainees are being held  In Montego Bay, St James. Mrs Harrison Henry, appearing before the Internal and External Committee of Parliament also spoke of generally unhygienic conditions in addition to poor and inadequate food made available to detainees.

She also said of the more than 11, 000 young men detained, fewer than two per cent have been charged.

In a statement Monday, November 26, Senator Scott Mottley said when innocent young men are treated in such a way to degrade and dehumanize them, the nation is setting itself up for serious problems.

By Franklin McKnight

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