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Mercia Frazer: “I’ll see to it that you get justice.”

By datejie green Mercia Frazer’s son, Mario Deane, was fatally beaten in Montego Bay police custody on August 3, 2014. She has been waging a fight for justice through Jamaica’s courts and bureaucracy for more than six years. This summer she saw the first...

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Safeguard INDECOM’s Independence: Reform the INDECOM Act

Safeguard INDECOM’s Independence: Reform the INDECOM Act

On May 27, 2020, Minister of Justice the Honourable Delroy Chuck tabled a motion in Parliament regarding amendments to the INDECOM Act, 2010. This action follows a recent ruling of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council – Jamaica’s highest court of appeal – on...

Justice Services For Victims  Of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Justice Services For Victims Of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has now established services directed to victims of gender-based violence. The Justice Services for Victims of Gender-Based Violence framework provides affected persons with key redress and legal services free of cost to help them navigate...

Mentally Ill Persons In Prisons: Held At No One’s Pleasure

Mentally Ill Persons In Prisons: Held At No One’s Pleasure

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...

End Injustice Against Mentally Ill Persons Deemed “Unfit To Plea”: #JusticeForNoelChambers

End Injustice Against Mentally Ill Persons Deemed “Unfit To Plea”: #JusticeForNoelChambers

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.

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Child Rights, Safety & Justice

ARMADALE: STILL SEEKING ANSWERS 10 YEARS LATER

In the late hours of Friday, May 22, 2009, a fire broke out in a makeshift dormitory at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Facility in St Ann. As the fire spread, the wards in the grilled room remained trapped as the key to the room could not be found in the chaos....

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JFJ LAUNCHES CHILD PROTECTION LAWS POCKETBOOK

In a jam-packed ceremony on Thursday, July 18, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), launched our “Child Protection Laws” Pocketguide for Educators and Childcare Professionals”. The guide was developed over the past year by JFJ in partnership with the Ministry of Education,...

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