Noel Chambers died after spending 40 years in prison without ever standing trial. He was deemed “unfit to plead” – meaning the Court found that he was not mentally fit to stand trial. He was detained “at the Governor General’s...read more
Noel Chambers died after spending 40 years in prison without ever standing trial. He was found dead in his cell on January 27, 2020 emaciated, covered in insect bites, live bedbugs and bedsores On June 3, 2020 INDECOM published their quarterly report which highlighted their investigation into his death. It revealed that scores of persons imprisoned indefinitely without trial continue to suffer serious human rights violations.read more
Issues and Advocacy
April 21, 2020 – Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) commends the government for its swift and thorough response to COVID-19; recognising the dynamic nature of this situation, which highlights a difficult balance that our leaders must strike. While many important measures...
Through Jamaicans for Justice’s (JFJ) work over the past decade, it has become clear that there is a significant deficit in the human and administrative resources available to children who come into contact with the law, specifically in their ability to procure and...
Open Government Partnership Earlier this year, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) joined forces with a group of concerned civil society actors to call on the Jamaican Government to prioritise the fulfilment of its commitments under the Open Government Partnership (OGP)...
This year marks 20 years since JFJ was formed, and what an eventful 20 years it has been! Our two decades of activism and advocacy has impacted change across all levels of society.
Since 2018, Jamaicans for Justice has noted a marked increase in the number of complaints received involving violations of the rights of patients as they engage with the public health sector. This has prompted us to take a closer look into the area of patients’ rights and within the realm of the right to health.
In the interest of public accountability and transparency, The JFJ legal and advocacy teams have continued to supported efforts to unearth documents that will clarify the actions of the government and their agents after the Armadale tragedy and to aid in advocacy to bring visibility to it.
On March 25, 2019, Jamaica’s highest Court of Appeal, The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council delivered a landmark judgement in a case filed by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) against the Police Service Commission (PSC) challenging the promotion of an officer, involved in dozens of alleged unlawful killings, to the senior ranks of the police force.
Child Rights, Safety & Justice
Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has been engaged for over a decade in training law enforcement officers, with special focus on police recruits. We do this to broaden their understanding of human rights, non-discrimination and working with vulnerable groups, which...read more
UNICEF and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) have forged a new partnership to address improvements needed for children in state care. As part of the initiative, JFJ is undertaking the most comprehensive study of its kind to examine the state care landscape in Jamaica,...read more
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 a child-care institution in recent memory and occurs one year after...read more