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
I referred to this incident in my last overview of Jamaican news on March 4: Sad story: A woman, Desrine Morris, was found dead in the holding area of St. Andrew Parish Court last week while waiting to go into the courtroom. She had apparently hanged herself with the sleeve of her blouse. Her family are asking … More The Death of Desrine Morris in Police Custody
Today (November 19) is International Men’s Day, and fellow blogger Wayne Campbell just shared the following piece that he and colleague Kurt Hickling put together. Wayne is an educator with a particular interest in gender issues. The theme for this year is male suicide, and I have just read a short but poignant news story … More International Men’s Day: Some Thoughts
I am very pleased to share a post from my thoughtful fellow-blogger Wayne Campbell. Wayne won a Certificate of Merit at the Press Association of Jamaica’s Awards 2015. This is a very thought-provoking but balanced approach to an issue I confess I have never tried to tackle; although it did cross my mind when my … More Guest Blog Post: Matters of Life and Death – On Euthanasia, by Wayne Campbell
Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has been advocating consistently for the rights of women and girls for some time now, in various fora. The Senator is particularly concerned with how the law is (or is not) keeping up with the struggles of the 21st century Jamaican woman for equality and justice. As the Sixteen Days of Activism continue, … More Violence Against Women: There’s a Lot of Work to be Done, Says Senator Kamina Johnson Smith
It’s been a warm, sleepy Sunday. Tomorrow is National Heroes Day and some of our neighbors are out of town, leaving the street to us and the birds. A PR job: The Jamaica Constabulary Force pulled all the stops out over the past week or so to let us know that they are tackling (“fighting”) crime … More National Heroes Sunday: October 20, 2013
It’s a New Year, but that doesn’t mean we have put aside those difficult issues that we faced in 2012, and then failed to tackle. And this one is certainly unresolved. Not long before Christmas (on December 10), the human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) hosted one of its Public Forums on “Accountability and Governance … More Why Are We Still Locking Up Our Children?