Jamaicans for Justice launch a booklet of our Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms – made simple

As I mentioned, Jamaica is currently recognizing – and in most cases, celebrating – its 60th anniversary of Independence. This is such a large, round number that special attention is being paid to “Jamaica 60.” What progress has been made in the past six decades since the flag of the “Coloniser” descended a flagpole in … More Jamaicans for Justice launch a booklet of our Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms – made simple

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

National Integrity Action (NIA) Calls on Prime Minister to Withdraw Approval for Mining in the Puerto Bueno Area

National Integrity Action (NIA) has added its voice to the call to withdraw approval for the mining project in Puerto Bueno Mountain (the area is also called Dry Harbour). Here are more cogent arguments for this to happen. Look no further than Jamaica’s Constitution! Environmental rights are clearly outlined there. Please see their press release … More National Integrity Action (NIA) Calls on Prime Minister to Withdraw Approval for Mining in the Puerto Bueno Area

NIA Statement on Prime Minister’s Appointment of an Acting Chief Justice; and the Prime Minister’s Response

This has been a funny week. The appointment of an Acting Chief Justice (and Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ remarks at his swearing in) has raised some eyebrows. The legal fraternity does not appear to be impressed, either. We are in sensitive and difficult times insofar as the National Security and Justice portfolios are concerned, and the Government seems to … More NIA Statement on Prime Minister’s Appointment of an Acting Chief Justice; and the Prime Minister’s Response

Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks

In my commentary on the past week’s events in Jamaica, I noted: “Thumbs down to Everald Warmington, M.P., who made some very undemocratic remarks on the political hustings.” When are Jamaican politicians going to eschew political tribalism? When are they going to stop encouraging this mindset among their supporters?  Here is what National Integrity Action (NIA) … More Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks

The AG Wants to Curb Our Rights, Alpha Girl Recovering, and Farewell to JEEP: Jamaica, July 9, 2016

Another trying week. On CVM Television’s Live at Seven last night, my fellow panelists (Raymond Pryce and Shelly-Ann Curran) and I tried our best to put a lighter spin on the week’s news with host Simon Crosskill, but we barely succeeded. It was impossible to avoid the news of murder, violence and anger, both at home and … More The AG Wants to Curb Our Rights, Alpha Girl Recovering, and Farewell to JEEP: Jamaica, July 9, 2016

The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane

If there is one thing reading this book made me realize, it is that leadership is not a one-way street. It is not a question of driving full speed ahead, with the dazzling light of your vision in your eyes. Rather, it is about taking a steady drive, checking the rear view mirror; remembering that … More The Business of Nation Building: Excerpts from the Selected Speeches of Douglas Orane

OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica ́s General Parliamentary Elections 2016

February 26, 2016 The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in Jamaica, led by former Attorney General and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mrs. Janet G. Bostwick, congratulates the people of Jamaica on the conclusion of the General Parliamentary Elections on Thursday, February 25. The EOM … More OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica ́s General Parliamentary Elections 2016

Are the Political Debates in Jeopardy?

There has been a new development on the question of the planned televised political debates. These were, I believe, scheduled for February 17, 18 and 20 (including one leadership debate). Prior to previous general elections, the debates have had good viewership and have been generally welcomed by the Jamaican public. In fact, comments made during the … More Are the Political Debates in Jeopardy?

10 Things to Think About or Do on December 10, Human Rights Day…And After

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
You don’t need to be a front line human rights defender to become involved in human rights. You may already be involved in human rights work or you may never have considered becoming involved before. There’s always more to learn and know, always something to do. Here…