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NIA: Withdraw Retrograde Proposal to Bar Disclosure of Cabinet Documents for Seventy Years

In the absence of compelling reasons and an unambiguous explanation related to Jamaica’s specific circumstances, NIA calls on the Government to immediately withdraw the proposal to hide Cabinet documents from the Jamaican people for an additional fifty years beyond the current twenty now in existing law.  Such a proposal is thoroughly retrograde and completely unacceptable in the context of: Jamaica’s Constitution in which the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom guarantees to every Jamaican “the right to seek, receive, distribute or disseminate information”. Jamaica’s Access to Information Act which correctly stipulates “transparency” as a “fundamental principle underlying Jamaica’s system of…

NIA statement on the Global Corruption Barometer – Latin America and the Caribbean 2019

September 23, 2019 The Global Corruption Barometer for Latin America and the Caribbean, including Jamaica , published in Berlin today by Transparency International underlines the serious challenges which the people of Jamaica and the region must confront in combatting corruption more effectively in order to secure greater progress and prosperity.   The report highlights the views and experiences of the Jamaican people, alongside those of 17 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as reported in national surveys conducted between January and March 2019.   Among the findings from the Jamaican survey were that: 78% of Jamaican people feel…

PNP Presidential Contest

Dear Ombudsman, As you’re no doubt aware, the election to the Presidency of the People’s National Party has now taken place. However, I believe the public interest and the upholding of appropriate standards in Jamaican politics requires  that your office, under S 12 (1)(a) of the Ombudsman Act,  undertake an immediate investigation into allegations published in the media during the Presidential contest . On September 4, the OnePNP campaign alleged that RiseUnited was engaged in ‘vote buying ‘; on September 5, Rise United alleged that OnePNP was using ‘dons’ to intimidate delegates —each allegation suggesting that the other side was…

Resignation of Chairman of the Integrity Commission

Press Release - Resignation of Chairman Karl Harrison