A Gleaner poll today so far as at this post shows favourable ratings for Prime Minister Holness
Meanwhile Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals and Gays JFLAG's Programs Manager Jae Nelson had written a piece on October 7, 2011 that has mysteriously disappeared from the Gleaner's site that asked will Holness be a pro rights minister?
Prime Minister, the Hon Andrew Holness, and his predecessor, Hon Bruce Golding, share a laugh during the swearing in exercise at King’s House on Sunday (October 23).
The Sexual Offences Act Kenya, passed in 2009, is biased towards women and girls, thereby ignoring the vulnerability of males to ual violence. This is partly because our well-intentioned political leaders perhaps lack the knowledge and appreciation for human rights and fear that any support for the unconventional will ruin their popularity at the polls. Bold Steps None of us should continue to accommodate human rights abuses. Our 50th anniversary of Independence is an important time in our history, and we must take more bold steps to become fully compliant with the myriad human rights conventions we have ratified. We often say the right things internationally,Ghana. but they are rarely translated into laws locally. Protecting and promoting the human rights is imperative, because if Jamaica is ever to become the place of choice to live,Sudan. work, raise milies and do business Bahrain, development policies and laws must encourage and promote equity and social justice among all people and within groups, regardless of our ideological persuasions. Understandably, we will not be able to subjugate our personal, cultural, religious and other beliefs overnight. However, given that the breach of human rights has negative implications on reducing poverty and conflict, and promoting peace and justice, we must lend our support to efforts that seek to guarantee the rights of all Jamaicans. Jamaicas goals are to:
(1) ensure that we are empowered to achieve our fullest potential;
(2) the society is cohesive and just;
(3) the economy is prosperous;
and (4) we live in a healthy environment. Fifteen national outcomes support the goals to become a developed country,Search. which is our vision for 2030. As citizens, we must begin to assess the extent to which human rights are applied towards achieving the goals of the national development plan. Enriching the lives and freedoms of ordinary people is fundamental to the process of human development because it empowers oppressed and marginalised groups within our society. Crucial Legislation Many strides have been made over the years. A number of important pieces of legislation, such as the Child Care & Protection Act, Charter of Rights, and Sexual Offences Act, have been enacted.
There are also policies in place governing the management of HIV in schools and ensuring non-discrimination in workplaces, to name a few. There is also an Independent Commission of Investigation, childrens advocate and public defender. In some respects, our quandary is enforcement of these policies and legislations. Nevertheless, we are routinely serenaded with these unflattering reports from human rights organisations such as Jamaicans for Justice and J-FLAG. International players such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the US Department of State have also chimed in with their reports. We are most desperately in need of a prime minister who will be pro-rights. Andrew Holness, the endorsed successor of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, must take bold steps in ensuring that the human rights of all Jamaicans, including the most vulnerable and marginalised persons, Peru. will be protected and widely promoted.
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Political commentators had mixed reactions about the speech and one influential said he sounded more like he was in parliament than at a formal swearing in ceremony, he may need to work on his charisma and projection as he comes across to the public, a younger more hip generation may zone out I fear if he doesn't manage his communications which in my mind all the more reason he needs a proper communicator in information as suggested in Part 12 of this series early days yet but let us see.
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