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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two
human rights groups here are
opposed to plans by national
security minister Robert Mon-
tague to revive hangings as a
means of dealing with the esca-
lating crime situation in
In a joint statement, Stand Up
for Jamaica (SUFJ) and Jamaicans
for Justice (JFJ), said "while we
understand the minister s need
to send a strong message about
his handle on crime, we believe that
he could have been more prudent in
making his comments about the resump-
tion of hanging."
Last week, Montague said the Andrew Holness government remains
committed to mobilising all the resources at its disposal to wage a
"relentless war" against criminal elements "intent on destroying our
He said as a result, the administration is currently exploring the
possible resumption of hanging and that the junior minister, Pearnel
Charles Jr, has been asked to consult with several stakeholders,
including the ministry of justice and attorney general s office,
to determine if there are any "legal impediments" to be
He said the ministry s overall approach to creating safer
communities is based on five key pillars of crime prevention:
social development, situational prevention, effective
policing, swift and sure justice processes, and reducing
But the opposition spokesman on justice and gov-
ernance, Mark Golding, has poured cold water on the
move saying the death penalty is not the answer to
the country s crime situation.
SUFJ executive director Carla Gullotta said, "Mon-
tague s comments about a resumption of the death
penalty has fed into the frustrations of many Jamaicans
and has served to ignite passions about what is a very
widely debated issue.
"If we are not careful, this frustration could lead
to citizens taking matters into their own hands once
they come to appreciate the well-established legal
impediments which make the
resumption of hanging highly
unlikely in Jamaica," she
JFJ chairman Horace Levy
noted that the position of the
group is that there should be a
moratorium on carrying out the
death penalty, given the state of
the justice system.
"Personally, I am very strongly com-
mitted to abolishing a death penalty of
any kind no matter what the crime or cir-
cumstance," he said.
The two human rights group said that there
is an abundance of evidence which shows that
capital punishment is not an effective deterrent
They said several countries and states in the United
States which continue to practice capital punishment
still have very high rates of violent crimes, and the
international trend is that more and more countries
are abolishing the death penalty.
"If Jamaica is to be a part of the global village then
it must accept international norms in order to avoid the
consequences of losing critical support and funding
from donors and international partners who have clearly
expressed their opposition to the death penalty.
"Instead of reviving an inhumane and ineffective
practice, government should focus on fast-tracking
the critical reforms needed in the justice and law
enforcement systems," the groups said. "Capital
punishment does not address the root causes
of crime and this is where we feel Minister
Montague should focus his attention."
WASHINGTON -- Caribbean countries have signed a memorandum
of understanding (MOU) that creates a framework for cooperation
to promote programmes and activities that foster the transformation
of the energy sector in the Caribbean.
The MOU, which will aid cleaner, cheaper, and more secure sources
of energy for the Caribbean, was signed by the president of the Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, the president
of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Warren
Smith, the secretary of the United States Department of Energy (DOE),
Ernest Moniz, and Secretary General of the Caribbean Community
(Caricom), Irwin LaRocque.
An IDB statement said that the MOU seeks to increase energy
security, reduce energy vulnerability, and promote renewable energy,
energy efficiency, and low-carbon technologies in the region.
The MOU signed earlier this week allows for the United States,
the IDB, CDB, and Caricom to collaborate to support strategic proj-
ects, activities, and programmes developed in cooperation with
regional governments in the Caribbean.
These projects include non-reimbursable technical assistance
and programmes to promote knowledge exchanges, capacity
building activities, and to help mobilise technical expertise.
In addition, the MOU seeks to promote collaboration
for a potential Energy Co-financing Facility for Caribbean
Sustainability to be developed by the IDB, particularly
focused on efforts to attract international investors.
The four institutions are developing an action plan
to facilitate the implementation of the MOU, which
will include additional details regarding expected
timelines for implementation, definition of suc-
cess, planned collaborative activities, and
"The MOU that we signed ...reinforces
the commitment that our institutions have
with the Caribbean region. We will work
together on the identification of financing
and investment opportunities for pilot and
commercial scale projects in sustainable energy
and to support the Caribbean regional energy
strategy," said Moreno.
Smith said that the work to catalyse
resources for the region is starting to bear
"We must now focus our attention on
implementation. We must also intensify efforts
to address capacity constraints that could slow
us down. Grant resources could be available
for capacity building and addressing institu-
tional weaknesses. Legislative and regulatory
framework weaknesses have to be addressed
if we are to attract the type of private invest-
ment that is desirable."
Specific areas of cooperation within the
IDB-CDB-USDoE-Caricom agreement include
energy efficiency, including, but not limited
to, energy efficiency policies and regulations
such as energy efficient building codes; energy
standards for appliances and equipment; and
clean vehicle standards and regulations.
"The work that is being pursued by the
Caricom Secretariat, working jointly with the
CDB, IDB and USDoE, is congruent with the
regional energy policy and the Caribbean Sus-
tainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-
SERMS)," said LaRocque.
"Through this MOU, the signatories have
signalled a commitment to provide some of
the technical assistance and funding that is
needed for the region to judiciously pursue
the goals and targets of the Caribbean Com-
"The MOU can also enhance project
implementation and will act in support of
the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Ener-
gy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), as
well as project specific facilities such as
the Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) in
the Eastern Caribbean," he added.
Caricom to benefit
from new MOU with
United States, IDB
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