Created on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 19:55:32

Expand Anti-Discrimination Provisions of Constitution, include Disabilities - Says Public Defender

Public Defender, Arlene Harrison-Henry, has called for an expansion of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Constitution to include disabilities, noting that the most vulnerable groups in the society must be explicitly protected.

“Much more needs to be done to make the Constitution truly include all Jamaicans” said Mrs Harrison-Henry who was speaking at a recent public forum, where findings were presented on research entitled “Unfinished Business – An Analysis of Constitutional Reform in Jamaica”.

Fellow speaker at the public forum, Nancy Anderson of the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights lamented the fact that the Disabilities Act of 2014 remains unenforceable, three years after its passage, as its effective date has not been established by successive ministers.

Mrs Harrison-Henry called on the Government to take immediate steps to bring the legislation into force, noting that persons with disabilities were among the least protected from discrimination in the Jamaican society.