Jamaica’s Human Rights Record to be Reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Here is some information from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Please note the meeting will be live streamed…

GENEVA (11 May 2015) – Jamaica’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Wednesday 13 May 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Jamaica is one of the fourteen States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 4 to 15 May. Jamaica’s first UPR took place on 8 November 2010.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: gender-based and domestic violence, discrimination against women and gender equality, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and violence against LGBT persons; extrajudicial killings, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrest and detentions allegedly committed by police and security officials and impunity regarding these issues; abolishment of the death penalty; sexual exploitation and trafficking in persons, including children; conditions of prisons and prisoners; and the rights of persons with disabilities.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Jamaica on 13 May can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/JMSession22.aspx

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Wednesday 13 May (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed during the first UPR cycle and 126 thus far during the second cycle. The second review of States aims to highlight human rights developments in the country since its first review and provides an opportunity for States under review to spell out steps taken to implement recommendations posed during their first reviews.

The delegation of Jamaica will be headed by Mark Golding, Minister of Justice

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Jamaica are: Algeria, Estonia and Japan.

The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Jamaica will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username: hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]: https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/upr/Sessions/22session/Jamaica/Pages/default.aspx

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Jamaica at 17.30 on 15 May. The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.

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