A Journey for Justice in the Americas: In Kingston Tomorrow Evening

In January, 2014, I happened to be on Orange Street just a short while after Nakiea Jackson was shot dead by the police in his cookshop. I wrote about it here. I also noted later that month:

A lady whom I don’t know posted a comment yesterday on my article about the alleged police killing of a young chef, Nakiea Jackson, in Orange Villa, Kingston. She says that she is Nakiea’s sister, but as I say, I have not verified this. But just read her words: “No more lies, no more abuse of the corpse, no more laughing over his blood as it slowly dries in the ground, the ground where he just has his last meal…”  The CVM Television report on Mr. Jackson’s shooting showed a long smear of blood from his cookshop, where he was allegedly killed, out onto Orange Street, where he had been dragged; and a glimpse of Mr. Jackson’s body, apparently thrown sideways and face down on the road.

Now, Nakeia’s sister Shackelia – who has never stopped campaigning for justice for her family – will be back home in Jamaica again, with women from Brazil and the USA, to participate in a forum headlined “A Journey for Justice in the Americas.” This will take place TOMORROW (Tuesday, March 13) at 5:00 p.m. at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Faculty of Law, Lecture Theatre 3, Second Floor. 

Please see details below from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice:

The Americas is the most violent region in the world: last year 36% of murders worldwide took place in the region. However policing approaches largely fail to provide an adequate and effective response. On the contrary, police often further stigmatize entire groups and communities who have already suffered from historic marginalization and discrimination. Unlawful killings by the police in these communities are far too common.

But courageous women are standing up, determined to obtain justice. They are the mothers, sisters or daughters of young men. Often Afro-descended. Most of the time poor.

From the favelas of Rio, to the streets of Washington and Kingston, Amnesty International accompanies families in their fight for justice, and advocates for the transformation of police forces into efficient structures, respectful of human rights.

Last year, during Write for Rights (https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/) more than half a million actions were taken worldwide on behalf of Shackelia Jackson whose brother was shot by police in Jamaica in 2014, and who has become a passionate advocate for reform of the system. What does international solidarity mean for justice in Jamaica and beyond?

9 March 2018

A group of women from Jamaica, Brazil and the USA, who have fought for justice in their respective countries after their relatives were killed by police, will accompany an Amnesty International delegation to Jamaica from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 March.

The visit coincides with the International Day Against Police Brutality (15 March), when the delegation will deliver 64,331 letters and signatures as part of a global petition which, since December 2017, has gathered over half a million actions worldwide calling on the Jamaican government to end impunity for unlawful killings by police.

Generated through Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign, the petition also includes thousands of messages of solidarity with the Jamaican human rights defender Shackelia Jackson. Shackelia’s 29-year-old brother Nakiea Jackson was killed by the police at his cookshop on Orange Street, downtown Kingston, on 20 January 2014.

At 5pm on Tuesday 13 March, the collective of women from Jamaica, Brazil and the USA will take part in a public conversation at the University of the West Indies entitled “A Journey for Justice in the Americas.”

At 9am on Thursday 15 March, the delegation will then deliver the petition to the Jamaican Prime Minister’s office. After that meeting, there will be opportunities to interview members of the delegation, including the women from Jamaica, Brazil and the USA. There will also be a public solidarity demonstration organized with the support of Jamaican families of people killed by the police. The time, date and location will be released to the press shortly.

Additional Information

In 2016, Amnesty International released Waiting in Vain: Unlawful Police Killings and Relatives’ Long Struggle for Justice, a report that details the catalogue of illegal tactics used by police across Jamaica to obstruct relatives of victims of killings by the police from pursuing justice for their loved ones’ deaths. I wrote about the launch for Global Voices here: 

The event A Journey for Justice in the Americas will take place on 13 March at 5pm at UWI, Mona campus, Faculty of Law, Lecture Theatre 3, Second Floor. See the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002325030088036 

For more information about the events or to request an interview, please contact:

Sergio Ortiz in Mexico / +52 1 55 41 94 78 86 / sergio.ortiz@amnesty.org

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