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 Every day I fear for my safety living in this country because of my sexual orientation. I am alive but if anyone ever find out and wanted to find out, they can kill me …I am an easy target for anything.
 —Peter, Dominica,…
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Current Law Offers Unfair Treatment, Inadequate Protection

Jamaica’s Sexual Offences Act (2009) is past due for review and, earlier this month, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck signaled that the crime of rape needs to be redefined in the law. He asked legal experts to come up with a “perfect definition.” The law…
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President Obama's visit to Jamaica presented a good opportunity for him to discuss Jamaica's human rights record, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, during bilateral talks with the prime minister. When gay-rights…
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In 2006, Time named Jamaica the most homophobic country on earth. Whether that report was accurate or not, violence against LGBT people in Jamaica today is rampant. Police, schools, and hospitals discriminate against LGBT people in Jamaica. But attitudes…
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LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.
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Discriminatory Laws, Inadequate Police Protection

(Kingston) – LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse:…
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For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and liberation. We find fragments of our collective histories in court records…
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Investigate, Condemn Violence, Respect Rights of LGBT People

(New York) - Jamaican police should conduct a thorough, impartial and effective investigation into the murder of Dwayne Jones at the hands of a mob in Montego Bay, sometime between July 21 and 22, 2013, Human Rights Watch said. Jones, 16, was found dead…
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Repeal Anti-Buggery Law; Protect LGBT People

(New York) – The Jamaican government should repeal the anti-buggery law and protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of…
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Support by US, Jamaica Leaders Highlights Fight Against Discrimination

(New York) – US President Barack Obama and Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller should be commended for their statements during their election campaigns on behalf of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people. Obama gave an interview…
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Government Should Prosecute Violence, Prohibit Discrimination

(New York) - The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, on March 10, 2009, shows a continuing climate of violence based on gender identity that authorities should urgently take steps to combat, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Prime Minister Should Speak Out Against Violence and Discrimination, Affirm Rights for All

(New York) - Jamaica's leaders should condemn the comments of a governing-party member of parliament who called for gay organizations to be outlawed and demanded life imprisonment for homosexual conduct, Human Rights Watch said today in a Letter to Prime…
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  Attention: Prime Minister Golding Jamaica House 1 Devon Road Kingston 6 Jamaica, West Indies Dear Prime Minister Golding, On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I write to urge you publicly to condemn attacks - verbal or otherwise - on the lesbian, gay…
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We write on behalf of Human Rights Watch to thank you for your response to our letter of February 27, 2008, expressing our concern regarding a violent homophobic attack on a group of men in Mandeville in January 2008 and the disappearance of one of the…
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Dear Ms. Schleifer, I refer to your letter of 27th February regarding the violent attack on a group of men at a house in Mandeville. This is clearly a criminal act and is to be condemned and prosecuted. The matter is being investigated by the Police…
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We write on behalf of Human Rights Watch to express our concern that Jamaican police have again failed to protect individuals from homophobic violence and to investigate recent abuses against men suspected of being gay by members of the Jamaican community…