Jamaica. In March, Amnesty International strongly
criticized the Jamaican authorities for neglecting the
country's poor inner-city population. According to the human
rights organization, the government had deliberately
abandoned the slum dwellers of the cities, which made them
into criminal gang violence. Amnesty described the situation
of the poor as a kind of hostage situation in the middle of
the battle between the authorities and the street gang.
Entire residential areas stayed indoors after 5pm for fear
of violence and clashes. Jamaica has one of the highest
murder rates in the world in relation to the population; In
2007, 1,500 people were killed. Robbery is also common.
Countryaah reports, a much more gratifying feature of Jamaican life was the
Beijing Summer Olympics in August, when several of the
country's sprint stars won gold. The entire nation
celebrated when only 21-year-old sprinter Usain Bolt -
seemingly playing lightly - broke the world record by noting
the winning time of 9.69 seconds in the final of 100 meters.
Shortly after the victory, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce
Golding called Bolt and talked about how proud the home
administration was over him. A massive celebration awaited
upon returning home. Before leaving China, however, Usain
Bolt also won gold and set a world record of 200 meters with
victory time 19.30 and contribute to Jamaica's victory in
the baton of 4 × 100 meters. Even then, it became a world
record, now at 37.10 seconds.
In November, the Jamaican Parliament voted to retain the
death penalty as the most severe of the law. In Jamaica, the
death penalty can be sentenced, but in practice a moratorium
(stop) against executions has been in place since 1988, as
the country's highest court of appeal, the Privy Council in
London, opposed the death penalty being enforced on the
island. The government advocated that the death penalty
should start again by hanging. By the end of November, 1,200
murders had been committed on the island in 2008, and nine
people were imprisoned sentenced to death.