JFJ Press Release: JFJ Condemns Acts of Violence Against Allegedly Homosexual Young Man on UTECH Cam

JFJ CONDEMNS ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ALLEGEDLY HOMOSEXUAL YOUNG MAN ON UTECH CAMPUS

Friday, November 2, 2012 – Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) strongly condemns the acts of violence which are reported to have taken place on the campus of the University of Technology (UTECH) last night, parts of which were captured on video and posted on YOUTUBE.

The reports are that a young man, alleged to be homosexual and alleged to have been found in a sexual encounter with another man, was set upon by a group of persons, including UTECH students. The posted video shows a crowd outside a building calling for the young man to be subjected to further violence, and persons identified as security guards inside the building beating the young man.

This horrifying act of violence is yet another example of our society’s willingness to accept violence as an appropriate response in all too many circumstances. The violence directed towards LGBT members of our society is completely unacceptable and the leadership of all sectors of society must make it absolutely clear that they do not endorse such violence. The administration of UTECH must respond to this incident in a way that makes clear to their students and staff that such actions will not be tolerated. We support J-FLAG in its call for the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and Ministers of Government to take action to address issues of intolerance and violence towards LGBT citizens.

Violence is not the solution for differences within our society. The rights of all our people must be respected. A society ordered in the ways of peace, tolerance, and justice for all becomes a nation that would be healed of a culture of violence.

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