JIS News

Cabinet has approved drafting instructions for the implementation of legislation in accordance with provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to which Jamaica has been a signatory since September 1968.
Information and Development Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, who addressed journalists at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday (April 10), explained that the drafting instructions were given as the Jamaican laws had not been amended since the island signed on to the convention almost four decades ago.
“Jamaica does not have adequate legislation,” Senator Campbell remarked, “to implement the provisions of the Convention, particularly Article Five, which mandates Jamaica to enact the necessary legislation to give effect to the provision of the genocide convention and in particular, to provide effective penalties for persons guilty of genocide and other acts.”
Senator Campbell noted that the term genocide, was coined in 1944, and is used to refer to the destruction of a nation or an ethnic group, and has also been described as a crime against humanity. “Genocide means that the act can be committed with intent to destroy, in whole or part, any national, ethnic, racial, or religious group,” he added.
When enacted, the Information Minister said the law would “criminalise certain defined acts including killing of members of a group, causing serious bodily harm, imposing measure to prevent births, forcibly transferring children, among other things.”
On another matter, Senator Campbell disclosed that Cabinet has also approved a new Act to provide for the regulation of public gardens that would be tabled in the House of Representatives when the new legislative year begins.