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McKenzie criticises human rights group for not speaking out when necessary

Jamaica's human rights lobby groups are again coming under heavy criticism for allegedly not showing the same level of energy they champion, as prescribed in their mandate -- versus other matters that are deemed deserving of public outcry.

The criticism came from Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie during his recent address at the graduation ceremony for fire fighters at Iona High School, St. Mary.

The Local Government Minister highlighted what he claims is the deafening silence on the part of human rights regarding an incident in which the action's of a motorist resulted in the death of a fire fighter following a road traffic crash.

Larenzo Douze, 25, was killed on November 30, in St. Ann, when a car overtook a line of traffic and crashed into a parked fire truck , pinning him between both vehicles.

The Local Government Minister said it was noteworthy that the deceased fire fighter's sister was among the batch of 109 new fire fighters graduating, and that both had followed in the steps of their father who's also a serving member.

Thereafter Mr. McKenzie proceeded to chastise unnamed human rights groups for not condemning the action which led to the fire fighter's death.

The Local Government Minister also asserted that Jamaica is currently experiencing a level of indiscipline, which many people have taken for granted and given support to.