Passing NIDS Bill a rights violation

Friday, November 24, 2017

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Dear Editor,

What we have seen in Parliament with the passing of the national identification system (NIDS) Bill, this past Tuesday afternoon is a blatant and disgraceful rape of our democracy and human rights.

I have always said, and continue to say, that whatever happens in our Parliament is directly proportional to the people we elect as our parliamentarians. How can the Government turn a blind eye and deaf ears to the plethora of concerns and recommendations by citizens, civil society, and community activists about this NIDs?

This dark day in our Parliament reminds us that power in the hands of those who put self and party above the common man will go against us. Unless we, the people, shed our cloak of apathy and vote on the issues of integrity and honesty we will not be represented.

I thought that this type of politics was way behind us and gains had been made as a country. But we have pushed back to the dark days.

We have some seasoned men in Parliament, especially on the Government side, and not one of them stood against the trampling of the people's rights. What are we saying to criminals out there who know no boundaries to life and property, or the mothers who abuse the rights of their children? Are our parliamentarians setting the right example for those State boards or our very security forces that swore to protect the rights of our citizens?

What Holness and his MPs have done in our Parliament must be denounced!

Fernandez Smith

fgeesmith@yahoo.com

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