World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15


Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s a rather awkward phrase to pronounce, but a very important day that focuses on an issue that is often ignored and forgotten. Two years ago, I wrote about this as a “hidden problem.” As founder of the non-governmental organization Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Jean Lowrie-Chin has … More World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15

Jamaica Psychiatric Association Responds to INDECOM Report on Prisoners “Detained at Pleasure”


The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) press briefing last week, as usual, highlighted the Commission’s Quarterly Report. The January – March, 2020 Report focused on Jamaicans who are “detained at pleasure” in our prisons. Persons in this category are either children found guilty of a capital offense; persons found unfit to plead by the Court; or persons … More Jamaica Psychiatric Association Responds to INDECOM Report on Prisoners “Detained at Pleasure”

More Issues Surrounding Susan Bogle’s Death in August Town, Jamaica


Here is more on the fatal shooting of Susan Bogle in August Town, last week. On May 31, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) began to investigate Ms. Bogle’s death, which took place on May 27, 2020. In a press release, INDECOM said it was aware that there are “more questions than answers forthcoming in the … More More Issues Surrounding Susan Bogle’s Death in August Town, Jamaica

Following the Killing of Susan Bogle by a Soldier, JFJ calls for Investigations and Reform


Here is a press release from human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) on a deeply concerning matter. Let us hope that we will hear more on this from the security forces. I have not seen any statement to date. May 30, 2020: Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is deeply concerned by the news of … More Following the Killing of Susan Bogle by a Soldier, JFJ calls for Investigations and Reform

It Happen Fi Real: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Private Sector Workplace


It Happen Fi Real! Yes, it really did happen. Don’t you believe me? How can a woman working in the private sector make progress in her work and career if she fears sexual harassment – and worse still, if she realizes no one really cares or believes her claims? Moreover, how can a company expect … More It Happen Fi Real: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Private Sector Workplace

Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home


I had a déjà vu feeling last week on hearing the news of another fire at a children’s home. Fortunately, no lives were lost but the The human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) – currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary – has consistently lobbied on behalf of Jamaican citizens in state care, including children … More Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home

Partnership for Women’s Health Concerned by Parliamentarians’ Perceived Lack of Interest in Abortion Debate


On October 9, 2018, Government Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert Flynn opened the debate on her Private Member’s Motion (#61) calling for the repeal of Sections 72 and 73 of the Offences Against the Persons Act, which makes abortion illegal. She is calling for this to be replaced by “The Termination of Pregnancy Act.” This was … More Partnership for Women’s Health Concerned by Parliamentarians’ Perceived Lack of Interest in Abortion Debate

Reparations 101: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles was scheduled to appear at today’s special congressional hearing on H.R.40 – as a long-time lobbyist – in the United States. This is my friend and blogger Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s take on “Juneteenth” and the start of a series on her Baileyblog … More Reparations 101: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer


It’s summer camp time, again. The school holidays are long. While more privileged children enjoy exciting activities throughout the summer, and may even travel abroad, for some communities a summer camp is a lifeline for children and their parents. Please see the following urgent message from the Rose Town Foundation, below, and help a child … More The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice


I did mention to a few online friends that there was some good news contained in Minister Daryl Vaz’s speech at the launch of the Green Expo on May 22 – International Biodiversity Day – which I described in my last post. “Good news?” chorused the cynical Facebookers. “Really? Tell us!” Well yes – I … More Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice