In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years.
Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility.
Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and has served on several Boards and Tribunals including the Board of the Mico University College, the Toll Authority, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).
INDECOM is a civilian-staffed state agency tasked to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the Security Forces and other Agents of the State. The Office is a Commission of Parliament governed by the INDECOM Act which was passed in April 2010.
INDECOM is headed by a Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor-General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition.
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image. This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color.
Additionally, The Governor-General has asked his Office to initiate an immediate review of all insignias and iconography associated with the Office of The Governor-General that may be considered racialized or culturally inappropriate.
The Governor-General has sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George requesting a revision of the image used on the medal, and recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples.”
Sir Patrick has encouraged everyone to work together to build a more just and inclusive society.
The Office of The Governor-General wishes to acknowledge and address the attention being brought to the Governor-General’s Star of The Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Named in honour of two military saints, it dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta. Initially intended for its inhabitants and British citizens, today the order is given to diplomats, foreign service officers, men and women who hold high office and has traditionally been worn by Governors-General across the Commonwealth.
The Star of the Order depicts St. Michael as being triumphant over Satan (a winged dragon). In light of the heightened sensitivities around the Black Lives Matter Movement and associated issues in the Global sphere undergirded by our history, it is understood how such an image can be construed to be offensive.
As such, the Office acknowledges the concerns and negative emotions that the image may have caused. Consideration is being given to the future treatment of same.
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed heartfelt sympathy at the passing of Mrs. Shahine Robinson, Labour and Social Security Minister and Member of Parliament for St. Ann North East.
We remember Minister Robinson as a highly respected and diligent parliamentarian who had a distinguished career in public service for 19 years. She was impassioned, dedicated and displayed a genuine spirit of care in executing her duties to Jamaicans from all walks of life.
Minister Robinson was a firm believer in labour market reform and was a keen advocate for ensuring a safer working environment for all Jamaican employees under the new Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.
I join with St. Ann as we mourn the passing of a humanitarian and servant of the people.
The Governor-General is joined by Lady Allen in extending their condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret at the recent passing of Mr Hugh Perry, OD, JP, describing his life as “the epitome of volunteerism”.
The Governor-General said Mr Perry, 80, had given a lifetime of unstinting, dedicated service that will always be remembered. A fellow Portlander, Sir Patrick knew Mr Perry well, and recalled that he was a role model and mentor for many young men in the Parish.
Sir Patrick pointed to Mr Perry’s impressive service in the areas of sports, community development, education, and health. He served for many years as the President of the Jamaica Football Federation, the Portland Football Association, and the Jamaica Football Referees Association. He was also vice president and treasurer of the Jamaica Cricket Association. As a Justice of the Peace, he served as President of the Portland Lay Magistrates Association and was also a member of the Boards of the Titchfield High School, the Port Antonio Hospital, and the Portland Chamber of Commerce.
Sir Patrick said, “Although the organizations which he served will miss his contribution and leadership, those who carry on his work can pay tribute to him by maintaining the high standard of excellence which he set. Lady Allen and I extend our sincere condolences to his family.”