Let’s have a progressive agenda for Jamaica’s newly established Parliamentary Bicameral Women’s Caucus

So far this year, Jamaica’s news has been a little – what is the word? – dispiriting. Bleak, even, at times. However, I was very much cheered by news that the Parliamentary Bicameral Women’s Caucus (which I referred to in my last blog post) will actually become a reality – and very soon. The women … More Let’s have a progressive agenda for Jamaica’s newly established Parliamentary Bicameral Women’s Caucus

International Human Rights Day: Jamaica’s Drum Majors for peace and justice

International Human Rights Day (December 10) always seems to take me by surprise every year. On that day, a whole range of issues for Jamaica and the region come crowding in. It’s hard to separate one issue from the next, as they often merge and overlap. This year, the theme was a powerful and simple … More International Human Rights Day: Jamaica’s Drum Majors for peace and justice

Sixteen days to put violence against women on the activist agenda in Jamaica

Today (November 26) is International Day Against Violence Against Women, which begins the Sixteen Days of Activism. As always, this issue will be high on the agenda among human rights activists across the island. Violence against women haunts us. In August, I wrote about the case of a young woman whose body has never been … More Sixteen days to put violence against women on the activist agenda in Jamaica

Justice matters in Jamaica

One of our favourite American political podcasters, who focuses largely on the ex-President’s interminable legal manouevrings, intones at the end of each podcast: “Because Justice. Matters.” Emphasis on the final word. Well, so it does in Jamaica, too. Our Police Commissioner is looking increasingly haggard at each quarterly press conference, and our Prime Minister seemed … More Justice matters in Jamaica

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

Two events in Kingston, Jamaica this week: climate action, human rights and peace

I want to quickly alert you to two events taking place in Kingston later this week. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend, but I hope that you will support these efforts, and spread the word. Firstly, on Thursday, July 21, Jamaicans for Justice will be hosting the launch of their public education campaign, “Justice … More Two events in Kingston, Jamaica this week: climate action, human rights and peace

Human rights advocates respond to imposition of a State of Emergency in St. Catherine

What our local media like to call “the crime monster” continues to haunt us all, stalking us – ever in our footsteps. Rather like the monster in the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” its presence is always palpable in some way or another. But unlike the sci-fi monster, crime doesn’t live in the “Upside Down.” It … More Human rights advocates respond to imposition of a State of Emergency in St. Catherine

Stand Up for Jamaica writes about the power of reintegration

Being a human rights activist in Jamaica is not an easy life. There is a persistent narrative that these dedicated and decent human beings “defend criminals.” In fact, certain categories of Jamaicans are deemed hardly eligible to apply, or be considered for such a thing as human rights. It’s different if one’s own rights have … More Stand Up for Jamaica writes about the power of reintegration

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