Support to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry

Project Overview

 UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap, participates in a Panel Discussion at the 2015 Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Photo Credit: Vilma Gregory/UNDP Jamaica

This project was developed to facilitate implementation of community level activities in support of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry into the May 2010 events in the community of Tivoli Gardens and its surrounding environs in West Kingston.

The project is:

  • Supporting the establishment and operationalization of the Commission of Enquiry by contributing to its effectiveness and credibility
  • Providing a platform for civil society organizations to engage in dialogue around key issues of the COE
  • Working to develop a longer term programme to enhance community safety

The activities under this project will be aligned with the ongoing Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, and build on the results of the 'Parish Safety' project which closed in 2013. A new project, Rejuvenating Communities: A Social Cohesion Approach, which is set to begin in late 2015, will be a follow-on to the activities of this current project.

Achievements So Far

  • Provided assistance to obtain the necessary ballistics and forensic evidence.
  • Supported the Office of the Public Defender, along with other international development partners, in the preparation of the interim report to Parliament
  • Organized training for media to sensitize the local press about Commissions of Enquiry and related Human Rights issues
  • Networking and communicating with specific target groups (including the media, private sector, members of the Jamaican diaspora) to share information on the concept of community rejuvenation and social cohesion

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