Jamaica to account for how it handles human rights issues


Jamaica is to account for how it has been handling human rights issues such as gender discrimination and those relating to persons living with disabilities when it attends the 118th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee conference, which will be held in Geneva next week.

The country will also be called upon to respond to issues concerning vulnerable groups such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community when it makes submissions at the conference.

Jamaica ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1975. It establishes in international law the right to life, liberty; protection from torture, cruel and degrading treatment, and discrimination; and the freedoms of expression, assembly, religion, and a range of other rights. The ICCPR is legally binding. Adherence is monitored by the UN Human Rights Committee - an independent body that conducts periodic reviews of countries.

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