IACHR Schedules Hearing to Monitor Human Rights Situation in Jamaica

Monday, October 27, 2014, Kingston, Jamaica– Jamaica’s commitment to safeguarding the human rights of its citizens will be assessed on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in a hearing with Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and other human rights organizations in Washington, DC.

This is the second hearing to be held this year – a very rare occurrence that signals the Commission’s interest in the human rights situation in the country. Jamaica will be the only CARICOM state to have a hearing into its human rights record at this session of the IACHR.  The last hearing was held in March 2014.

The Commission has convened the hearing in follow up to the response of the Jamaican government to the findings and recommendations in its 2012 report, Situation of Human Rights in Jamaica in which it documented, among other things, entrenched patterns of impunity for members of the police force involved in civilian killings, structural failures of the justice system, and abuse of vulnerable populations such as children. The government will have to give an account of the steps it has taken to address these issues.

JFJ will present at the hearing issues regarding detention practices, inhumane conditions and the treatment of persons detained in police lock-ups; continuing concerns with extra-judicial killings by security forces, and breach of duty to children in conflict with the law among other matters.

The hearing will commence at 9:00 AM (EST) at the General Secretariat Building of the OAS in Washington, DC and will be streamed live on the IACHR’s website. The hearing is open to the public.

For information on attending or meeting with the civil society delegation, contact Rodje Malcolm,  Director (International Advocacy) at malcolm@jamaicansforjustice.org.