Press Release – Murder of 17yr old, Irwin St. James

Press Release – Murder of 17yr old, Irwin St. James

For Immediate Release

July 23, 2013

 

St. James Jamaica Quality of Citizenship Jamaica is deeply saddened by the callus mob-murder of a 17 year old identified as Dwayne Jones sometime on July 21, 2013 in Irwin, St. James. QCJ calls upon the Jamaican society to live up to our motto: “Out of Many One People”, by respecting the diversity of expressions within our country including those of gender identity and sexuality.

As a nation we continue to strive for peace, justice and the betterment of our country yet actions such as these will only serve as a hindrance to our endeavours. Our Vision 2030 of Jamaica being “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business” cannot be accomplished if we continue to make our beautiful country a place that metes out such cruel acts to our citizens.

Jamaica is a melting pot of diversity; however in order for us to live harmoniously, we must strive to achieve respect and tolerance for all persons.

QCJ wishes to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased in their time of bereavement.

Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, calls upon the Government of Jamaica, churches and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue with the local LGBTI organisations including but not limited to QCJ and other LGBTI individuals in order for us to find a common ground undergirded by the principles espoused in our National Anthem, “teach us true respect for all” and National Pledge, “I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart…I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace… so that Jamaica may, under God…increase in fellowship… and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race”. It is time we turn our speech into action. Let us truly, work together to make the Vision 2030 for Jamaica a reality.

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Angeline Jackson

Convener

Quality of Citizenship Jamaica

http://www.qcjm.org | info@qcjm.org

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