Taking a Stand: Human Rights Day, December 10, 2013

December 10 marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment for the mandate of the UN HighCommissioner for Human Rights.

Caribbean Development Activists & Women’s Network in partnership with Quality of CitizenshipJamaica, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and Jamaicans for Justice is organizing a stand on human rights day with other NGOs, youth leaders, students, and interested persons.The aim of the stand is to call for the improvement of ALL areas of human rights including,social, economic, civil, political, environmental, sexual and cultural rights.

The 2011 Concluding Observations of the Human Rights Committee, reports of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, plus local civil society organizations have noted that many citizens of Jamaica are not guaranteed respect, dignity and equality and inalienable rights as human beings. We note the following:

  •  the under-representation of women in decision-making positions in the public and private sectors;
  •  stigmatization of persons living with HIV/AIDs;
  •  the high prevalence of rape and intimate partner violence and the low level of cases cleared;
  •  the high prevalence of sexual and physical abuse of children and the low clear up rate of cases cleared;
  •  the plight of homeless persons;
  •  street children; children engaged in sex work and go-go dancing;
  •  the condition of children living in state-run facilities
  •  A Charter of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which enables discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, disability and gender identity; health and reproductive


  •  Prohibition of safe, affordable and accessible abortion services which compels pregnant women to seek clandestine and harmful abortions;
  •  Environmental injustice towards persons whose livelihoods depends on ecosystems that are under treat by unsustainable tourism and development projects often sanctioned by the government;
  •  Environmental disregard for children and future citizens of Jamaica who will not be able to benefit from natural heritage of the protected areas siphoned off by the government towards unsustainable development projects;
  •  The exposure of young boys in underserved communities to police harassment and brutality;
  •  The exposure of young boys in underserved communities to limited options other than gang violence and small arms trading;
  •  The prevalence of trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation and forced labour;
  •  The prevalence of discrimination against persons with disabilities;
  •  Continued cases of extrajudicial executions by law enforcement officials;
  •  The treatment of incarcerated persons;
  •  The prevalence of discrimination against vulnerable groups in the legal system based on class, gender, age, sexual orientation, and health status.

The list of human rights concerns for Jamaican citizens is quite exhaustive and tells us that there is much work to do regarding enshrining human rights in our development path. Thus we call on students, youth leaders, activists, among all walks of life, from every corner of Jamaica to take a stand for what they stand for on Human Rights Day. We encourage all to walk with a poster with their own unique meme of what they stand for.

The Stand will be held at Emancipation Park, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm on Tuesday 10 December, 2013.

 For further information please contact:


 Taitu Heron (Ms): Caribbean Development Activists & Women’s Network (Caribbean DAWN) cbn.dawn@gmail.com / 1 876 277 7477


Angeline Jackson (Ms): Quality of Citizenship Jamaica acjackson@qcjm.org / 1 876 317 2227

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Susan Goffe (Mrs): Jamaicans for Justice suegoffe@yahoo.com / 1 876 815 3648







Ian McKnight (Mr): Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition gimcknight@gmail.com / 1 876 474 8847

2 thoughts on “Taking a Stand: Human Rights Day, December 10, 2013

  1. Discriminate
    Below is a list of other words and phrase that can be used for the word discriminate
    Distinguish,, tell apart,, differentiate,, separate
    Categorize,, classify,, show favouritism,, show prejudice
    Victimize,, Treat unfairly,, Single out for punishment
    Ill-treat,, Make a victim of,, Persecute.
    I need someone to explain how can any Individual or Group who feel that they are being discriminated on turn around and do the VERY SAME THING the crying foul about.
    Professor Brendan Bain expert testimony was ask of him and he gave his opinion base on all the knowledge and expertise he would have garner over the many year working in this area Prof. Bain, is regarded as a pioneer in clinical infectious disease practice in the Caribbean and a leading medical authority on the HIV epidemic in the region. His testimony did not fear well with some Persons and Groups and now he is being VITIMIZIE. This is not right and cant be right neither in Belize or Jamaica, nowhere in the world for that matter.
    Let me remind Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), and Ivan Cruickshank, that we are not living in the stone age, We can see, smell, hear, feel and taste, the general rudimentary hidden agenda of these organization and we will not keep silent, thank God for technology in all its forms. Freedom of speech is will not be suppress in this country of ours.
    It is one think to choose how you want to live your life, but don’t come now and enforce that us, we all have our options on these matter and we are free to express them, without any treat from anyone to take our JOB and LIVELYHOOD away from us.
    There is something call freedom of conscience, given to us by The Creator of Heaven and Earth, Male and Female and all living and non-living things. When freedom of conscience is suppress or taken away what we have left, is something called PERSECUTION, eg The INQUISITION { Dark Ages}. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm
    Finally Finally Give back the Prof. his Job and when his contract is up you can decide to keep him or move on with someone else. UWI don’t BEND to these Persons or Groups, because we don’t know what next they will want you to do.
    Jamaica Land of beauty, we all LOVE..


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