• Zones of Special Operations allow warrantless stop, search and arrest
  • Human rights groups say law lets officers ‘cast far too wide a net’

Human rights activists have condemned sweeping new anti-crime legislation in Jamaica which grants police and troops the power to stop, search and detain citizens without a warrant in designated areas.

Until the end of October, citizens in the community of Mount Salem in Montego Bay will be liable to random searches or detention without a warrant, and will be obliged to present ID in order to leave or enter the area after it was named a Zone of Special Operations (Zoso) last month.

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