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350 Words Or Less: What Was The JDF Response To The Commission Of Enquiry Recommendations?

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Quite rightly, there are increasing questions about the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) response to the recommendations made by the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, which examined the 2010 security operation, in which 69 or more people were killed. This comes in the wake of the release of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Administrative Review Report, which has been met with much criticism and calls for its withdrawal.

I hadn’t been able to find online the JDF’s press release sent out in June 2016 after the Commission of Enquiry report was made public. So, two weeks ago I called the JDF and asked for a copy. Within less than half an hour, I received an email with the press release attached.JDF press release re WKGNCOE

The JDF’s release is much shorter and less specific than the similar release by the JCF at the time.

The list of recommendations in Chapter 15 of the Commission’s report included a number of recommendations regarding the JDF. An official public update on the status of the implementation of those recommendations would be in order. Will the JDF give such an update? Will the Government require that the JDF gives such an update? These questions highlight, once again, the need for a post-Enquiry requirement for a structured timetable of official, public updates regarding the implementation of recommendations. These matters are too important to be left to speculation or ad hoc reporting.

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3 thoughts on “350 Words Or Less: What Was The JDF Response To The Commission Of Enquiry Recommendations?

  1. Susan, my first reaction was that JDF was basking in a glow that had them looking better than JCF over the whole of the COE process, especially with seemingly damning evidence from some of its troops about brutality by JCF. I then wondered whether JDF is compromised by the fact that its presiding minister is the PM. In which case, the issue of its response is a matter of government policy and action BEFORE, DURING and AFTER any form of administrative review. This is an awkward concentric circle of a sort.

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