Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith


Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) responds to complaints of human rights violations. This is their work. Mr André Smith, who had filed several complaints to JFJ, INDECOM and the Police Inspectorate of the Constabulary regarding alleged harassment, unlawful detention and more, was one of two armed men who was shot dead by a licensed firearm holder … More Jamaicans for Justice Addresses Reports Regarding Andre Smith

Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights


Nowadays, we talk a lot about “partnerships.” They make sense for a number of reasons – not least as a way of pooling resources and making resources stretch further. The EU-funded Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal & Infant Health in Jamaica (The MNIH Project), led by Professor Wendel Abel and … More Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 2: Police Harassment Leading to Suicide Attempts


Here is another case – this time of alleged harassment of a Jamaican citizen by the police – that Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has been pursuing for some time. Keep up the good work, JFJ. We must continue to be vigilant and to ask questions whenever and wherever necessary. Human rights is a very fragile … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 2: Police Harassment Leading to Suicide Attempts

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies


I have always had the deepest respect for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), the human rights lobby group founded in 1999 by the “likkle but tallawah” Dr Carolyn Gomes. The group has, over the years, faced many challenges – including the perception by Jamaicans (and all too often, human beings in general) that human rights are … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies

My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully


Just eleven days ago, I posted the second part of Professor Bernard Headley’s article about family and migration – written against the background of the “Windrush scandal” in the UK. He was very happy to see both pieces published; we had been communicating via email over the last few weeks about it. Then, on Friday … More My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

The JCF and Accountability: A Policeman Speaks Out; and Three Opportunities For Change


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Listen to Nationwide News Network’s special report “Hidden Culture”. It is narrated by Nationwide’s Marjorie Gordon and centres on an interview with a serving member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). It is a chilling account of the ways in which extrajudicial killings are carried out and…

Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018


It’s April 1, and I got fooled by one or two tweets today! Also, of course for those who celebrate it, it’s Easter Day. Large quantities of bun and cheese are being eaten, as I write. I am trying to catch up a little on the news, so here goes… Caribbean: Haitian photo-journalist Vladimir Legagneur disappeared on March … More Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018