Jamaica’s justice system is now equipped with an interactive online platform that gives judges immediate access to basic human rights law, and according to the United Nations’ (UN) Senior Human Rights Adviser George Abualzulof, it is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
“This is the first course of its kind. For the first time, it combines international, regional and national law and it’s accessible online, which is a good opportunity for it to be transmitted to other countries in the region,” Abualzulof said.
“The ultimate goal of these resources is to strengthen human rights protection and to try to strengthen the domestic procedures to be all based on human rights,” he added.
He described the online platform as “marking a milestone in the development of professional training capacity in the administration of justice”, noting that the UN started supporting the dissemination of international human rights law in 2015 with a training seminar for Parish Court judges.