PNP’s Human Rights Commission Chairman Isat Buchanan resigns following comments on DPP

The People’s National Party says it has accepted the resignation of chairman of its Human Rights Commission Isat Buchanan.

In a statement, the PNP says Mr Buchanan indicated to party leader Mark Golding his intention to step down following remarks made on a Youtube programme.

The party says he believes that resigning is in the party’s best interests, as the remarks in question do not reflect the PNP’s values.

Earlier, chair of the Jamaica Labour Party Women’s Caucus and Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange called on PNP President Mark Golding to fire Mr. Buchanan immediately.

Ms. Grange made the call noting that under the guise of quoting his client who is incarcerated for murder, Mr Buchanan used words she described as “misogynistic, crude, nasty, sexist, low and disgraceful language in reference to the director of public prosecutions Paula Llewellyn.

Ms. Grange called on Mr. Golding to condemn Mr. Buchanan’s posture.

She also invited the disciplinary committee of the general legal council to immediately probe Mr Buchanan for breach of the canons of the profession.

Ms. Grange said she’s disappointed that an attorney and chairman of a body within the PNP could bring himself to utter what she calls such insolent and vile comments in reference to a woman.

The Gender Affairs Minister says the comments represent a new low in the treatment of women by men in the PNP.

The Gender Affairs Minister says PNP President Mark Golding must take responsibility for what she called the harassment and bullying that the DPP has faced.

Ms. Grange invited all women in leadership, including PNP Chairman Dr. Angela Brown Burke and the PNP Women’s Movement President Patricia Duncan Sutherland, to join her in condemning what she describes as Mr Buchanan’s vile and inappropriate rhetoric against another woman in leadership, regardless of the tension that may exist between the government and the opposition on the matter.


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