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    January 16, 2013

    Continued delays in the investigation into the killing of 73 people in May 2010 during an operation by security forces in West Kingston could be letting people get away with murder, said Amnesty International today.

    In a letter sent to Michael Peart, Speaker of the House of Representatives in Jamaica, the organization questioned ongoing delays in the development of the report that the Office of the Public Defender was due to submit to the parliament on 15 January after missing previous deadlines.

    “It is outrageous that nearly three years since the Tivoli Gardens killings the Jamaican authorities are far from being able to answer the many questions that remain, ” said Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International.

    “By failing to ensure that those responsible for the killings, disappearances and arbitrary arrests that took place in Tivoli in 2010, the Jamaican authorities are simply sending the message that human rights abuses are permitted and won’t be punished.”

    December 17, 2012
    Amnesty International and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have hailed lthe ECOWAS Court of Justice ground-breaking judgment as a “key moment in holding governments and companies to account for pollution.”

    In the case, SERAP v. Nigeria, the Court unanimously found the Nigerian government responsible for abuses by oil companies and makes it clear the government must hold the companies and other perpetrators to account.

     

    In the dark of night, as December 2 rolled over into December 3, 1984 and nearby residents slept, toxic gas began leaking from a pesticide factory in Bhopal. Within three days, as many as 10,000 people had died in the central Indian town.

    Since then another 12,000 have died. Thousands of survivors and their descendants have suffered – and still suffer -- long-term health problems from the effects of gas exposure. Respiratory illnesses, damage to internal organs, and problems with the immune system are common. 

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