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

ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020

August 1 – Emancipation Day – is as good a day as any to restart writing my weekly news posts. I have missed doing them, actually. They help me (and hopefully you) keep a finger on the pulse of things. So, it’s a humid evening, an hour to go before curfew kicks in at 11. … More ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020

JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

A wave of anger surged on social media recently, after Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made a casual (and at the same time pointed) remark regarding the #MeToo movement at a parliamentary committee meeting examining proposed Sexual Harassment legislation. Minister Chuck’s observations, captured on a television news report, were: “We don’t want the situation that now happens … More JFJ Delivers Open Letter with 2,730 Signatures to Parliament Demanding Legal Reform on Sexual Harassment Bill

JFJ Now Providing Legal Services for Victims of Gender-Based Violence

The strictures of COVID-19, as explained below, has resulted in the fact that family members are spending much more time at home, together. That should be a good thing, right? Not if a family member is abusive. Women and girls are particularly at risk – so, too, are children. The human rights lobby group Jamaicans … More JFJ Now Providing Legal Services for Victims of Gender-Based Violence

Jamaicans for Justice Statement on the Killing of Two Policemen by Criminals in St. Catherine

What terrible times we are living in. We woke up this morning to the news that two policemen were shot dead and two others are battling for life in hospital, after an encounter with gunmen on the outskirts of Spanish Town. Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice has just issued a statement on the matter. … More Jamaicans for Justice Statement on the Killing of Two Policemen by Criminals in St. Catherine

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

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

Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Police Reforms and Awaits Further Details of Plans

A disturbing – almost surreal – incident took place recently that left us all shocked and deeply confused. Two civilians – including a man at a dance, whose murder apparently sparked the chain of events, and a driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time – as well as one police officer, … More Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Police Reforms and Awaits Further Details of Plans

An Important Privy Council Ruling on the Promotion of Police Personnel Allegedly Involved in Misconduct

This news received very little coverage in local media – whose recent headlines have primarily involved politics, crime and the annual school athletics battle at the National Stadium. Nevertheless, this is a very important ruling by the Privy Council (which is still Jamaica’s highest court of appeal) in support of an appeal by Jamaicans for … More An Important Privy Council Ruling on the Promotion of Police Personnel Allegedly Involved in Misconduct