100 Jamaican individuals and organizations sign open letter to William and Kate ahead of their visit

I am sharing below the Advocates Network’s Open Letter to William and Kate, who bear the titles “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” The letter is signed by 100 individuals (including myself) and organizations. The royal couple will arrive in Jamaica on Tuesday, March 22 and depart on Thursday, March 24, as part of their … More 100 Jamaican individuals and organizations sign open letter to William and Kate ahead of their visit

Three Jamaican women who worked for women and the most vulnerable

International Women’s Day was a bit of a blur for me, as I was so busy. It was warmly embraced by many. Social media was swamped with memes, videos, and photo-ops. My bank gave me a lovely cup cake. WhatsApp was filled with empowering messages. There is certainly plenty about Jamaican women to recognize and … More Three Jamaican women who worked for women and the most vulnerable

The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

It has not been a good week; not for the environment (permits were issued for the mining in Cockpit Country to go ahead) – or for human rights. On Wednesday, February 9, after a wait of around seven months, our Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn announced that she is recommending that no criminal … More The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

Jamaica’s Advocates Network points to “troubling inequalities” after DPP ruling on partying politicians

Just as Jamaicans were sitting down to enjoy their Sunday lunch, two days ago, some disturbing, but unsurprising news filtered through. The Director of Public Prosecutions announced that she had recommended to the police that no charges should be proffered against former Agriculture Minister Floyd Green and colleagues, who were enjoying champagne toasts at a … More Jamaica’s Advocates Network points to “troubling inequalities” after DPP ruling on partying politicians

Road Safety in Jamaica – Can “something dramatic happen”? A letter to the nation from Dr. Lucien Jones

Dr. Lucien Jones is Vice Chair and Convenor of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), which is chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Dr. Jones must sometimes feel like a voice crying in the wilderness, on the terrible numbers of Jamaicans (close to 500 last year!) killed on our roads – but he never gives … More Road Safety in Jamaica – Can “something dramatic happen”? A letter to the nation from Dr. Lucien Jones

Citizens Associations call for Moratorium on High Density Developments in Low Density Communities

It has become a nightmare in many areas of uptown Kingston. Many of our old single-family homes have been torn down, to be replaced with cold, ugly high-rise apartment blocks, squeezed into small spaces. And no. This is not just about upset, better-off citizens who are seeing their once quiet, green neighborhoods transformed almost overnight … More Citizens Associations call for Moratorium on High Density Developments in Low Density Communities

Where is the justice for Nzinga King? Jamaica’s Advocates Network wants to know

It is easy to forget – or half-forget, when there are many issues unresolved and pushed on one side. In 2022, the events of 2021 already seem half-forgotten; especially as the Jamaican media has moved on to new dramas (read: Crime, COVID, Corruption, the “big” stories and the breaking news). You may remember that last … More Where is the justice for Nzinga King? Jamaica’s Advocates Network wants to know

JFJ has questions about Jamaica’s new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs

In the recently reshuffled Cabinet, a whole new Ministry was created. Environment and Climate Change was kicked to the kerb (as I mentioned earlier) and a new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs was set up, to be headed by former Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte. The new Attorney General, Dr. Derrick McKoy, is a … More JFJ has questions about Jamaica’s new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Apart from the collective “meh” among most Jamaicans that greeted the Prime Minister’s “Cabinet reshuffle” announced a few days ago, one thing struck me immediately. Where has the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change gone? It seemed to be settling down a little, under the leadership of Minister Pearnel Charles, Jr., who … More The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present