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Reform INDECOM Act: Response to Court of Appeal Decision on INDECOM's Powers

On March 16, 2018 the Court of Appeal ruled that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) had no statutory authority to charge, arrest and prosecute members of the security forces who co[...]
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Death of Desrine Morris in Police Custody

Desrine Morris, a 51-year-old resident of Jones Town in Kingston, was taken from her home by police officers around 11:00 am on March 1, 2018, allegedly to be brought before a Judge that day. It is pu[...]
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JFJ Calls for Official Public Report on Tragic Fire at Walker’s Place of Safety

On January 16, 2018 two children burnt to death in a fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety. The fire completely destroyed the facility that was home to 36 wards of the state. This is the fifth fire at [...]
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Government Must Resolve Police Wage Dispute

Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) supports the favorable and speedy resolution of the police wage negotiations. We support the request being made by rank and file police for improved pay and working conditi[...]
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INDECOM Reports 8 Police Fatal Shootings in the Past Week: Any Body-Worn Camera Footage?

Published on Right Steps and Poui Trees In two press releases this week, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) reported on eight people having been killed in the past seven days by [...]
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One Fix For National ID Bill

Published in the Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica is about to adopt a new national identification law. It will require all citizens to enrol in a national database. Persons who do not enrol could be prosecu[...]
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JFJ Condemns Killing of Corporal Melvin Smith

  We at Jamaicans For Justice are genuinely grieved at the slaying of Corporal Melvin Smith. Here was a courageous officer committed to carrying out his responsibility, even at the cost of his[...]
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School Boards Complying with Students’ Rights, According to New JFJ Research

In Jamaica, secondary school students have the legal right to elect representatives to school boards and vote in decisions. New research by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) reveals that many school boards [...]
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Body-Worn Cameras: A Secret Transparency Tool?

Originally posted on Right Steps and Poui Trees. I remain concerned that to date the public has no idea what protocols govern the use of body-worn cameras  by police or soldiers in Jamaica, althoug[...]
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Police and Soldiers Tell JFJ Trainers They Want More Human Rights Exposure

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has been educating police about human rights for almost a decade. We fundamentally believe that combatting human rights violations requires increasing officers’ knowledge a[...]
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What Was The JDF Response To The West Kingston Commission Of Enquiry Recommendations?

Published on Right Steps and Poui Trees Quite rightly, there are increasing questions about the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) response to the recommendations made by the West Kingston Commissio[...]
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Atrocious JCF Administrative Review Report Must Be Withdrawn

Sunday, August 13, 2017 ATROCIOUS JCF ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW REPORT MUST BE WITHDRAWN  The just released Report of the Administrative Review Committee of the Jamaica Constabulary Force is deeply [...]
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JFJ Welcomes Announced Prohibition of Corporal Punishment In Schools

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) welcomes the government’s announcement to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in educational institutions. Such a measure, if robustly implemented, will advance the wel[...]
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Enhanced Detention Measures Must Be Accompanied by Safeguards Against Abuse

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) understands the need for the Government of Jamaica to take effective measures to combat the scourge of crime and violence. The government must not simply “do something,” it[...]
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Reported Beatings of Men in Police Custody – JFJ Calls For Urgent Protective Measures

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has received credible reports from family members of persons detained at Central Police Station of the serious physical abuse of two detainees while in police custody. We d[...]
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Remembrance: Jason Smith - Killed by the Police

The annual remembrance event for Jason Smith, killed by the police fourteen years ago, will be on July 9, 2016 at 8 King Street, Spanish Town. Learn more about Jason's story here. [...]
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Justice Demands Action: JFJ Responds to the Tabling West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Report

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) welcomes the tabling of the report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry in parliament, and unreservedly affirms the value of the Commission’s process to securing just[...]
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Make Rhetoric a Reality: JFJ Calls for Action on Support for Foster Families

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) welcomes the announcement by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to review the government’s support for foster parents and implement improved monitoring measur[...]
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A Victim’s Story: Human Rights Commitments Must Result in Tangible Improvements

By Robin Guittard, Caribbean Campaigner at Amnesty International and Rodje Malcolm, Advocacy Director at Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) Paulette Wellington was not at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva[...]
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"Scrutiny is good!" Human Rights Groups Say Ahead of JA's UN Review in Geneva

12 May 2015, Kingston Jamaica – On May 13, 2015 Jamaica’s human rights record will be examined for the second time in Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal[...]