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

Jamaicans for Justice Statement on Scheduled Ending of States of Public Emergency (Dated December 12)

Now, something else to catch up on. It’s an issue that has been gnawing away at the political landscape for the past two weeks, although many of the underlying issues have been around for much longer than that (I am thinking of the terrible conditions in our police lock-ups, for example). Since the December 11 … More Jamaicans for Justice Statement on Scheduled Ending of States of Public Emergency (Dated December 12)

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

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

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…

INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice

Is the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which investigates police abuses, now in a kind of legal limbo? I had clearly not been paying attention, but a Court of Appeal ruling last week caught me by surprise. INDECOM’s Statement “accepted in part” the Appeal Court ruling (a split decision), and I am not sure whether they will … More INDECOM Act Must be Reformed as Soon as Possible, Says Jamaicans for Justice

A Journey for Justice in the Americas: In Kingston Tomorrow Evening

In January, 2014, I happened to be on Orange Street just a short while after Nakiea Jackson was shot dead by the police in his cookshop. I wrote about it here. I also noted later that month: A lady whom I don’t know posted a comment yesterday on my article about the alleged police killing … More A Journey for Justice in the Americas: In Kingston Tomorrow Evening

Asma Jahangir, Renowned Human Rights Defender, Dies: Her Visit To and Report On Jamaica In 2003

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I was saddened to learn on Sunday of the sudden death of Asma Jahangir, the remarkable Pakistani lawyer and human rights advocate, who died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Ms Jahangir was a courageous human rights defender, who had great impact within her…