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The House of Representatives will on Tuesday (October 13) resume debate on the Bill entitled the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2008.
This Bill provides for the protection of the rights and freedoms of Jamaicans, subject to such measures as are required for state governance in periods of public disaster or emergency, or as are regarded as demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
The Bill also provides for: the protection of life, liberty and the security of the person; freedom of thought, conscience, belief and observance of religious and political doctrines; freedom of expression; the right to seek, distribute or disseminate to any other persons information, opinions and ideas through media; and peaceful assembly and association.
The Bill further seeks to provide for the freedom from discrimination, on the grounds of race, social class, colour, religion, gender, and place of origin or political preference. It also makes provision for the protection of property rights; protection from searching of the person; respect for private and family life, and privacy of home and of communication; and the entitlement of every child who is a citizen, to publicly funded education, in a public education institution at the pre-primary and primary levels.
The Charter, which will replace Chapter Three of the Jamaican Constitution, has been before Parliament for nearly 17 years.

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