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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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The rapid spread of the Zika virus has raised concern among public health officials across the Americas. The World Health Organization warned Sunday that the virus is likely to spread further across the region.
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A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigates the Altos del Cerro neighborhood as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Soyapango, El Salvador January 21, 2016.
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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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 Violence and Discrimination against LGBT people in Jamaica
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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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Tragic Death of Clover Graham, Advocate for Refugees, Asylum Seekers

(Washington, DC) – Police should ensure that the investigation into the death of the refugee and asylum advocate Clover Graham is effective, thorough, and impartial. Graham’s body was discovered with her throat slit in St. Catherine, Jamaica, on August…
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An Advocacy Brochure

Over one billion people – 15 percent of the world’s population - live with a disability significant enough to make a difference in their daily lives, and 80 percent of them live in the developing world.
 
  
 
 It is often assumed that…
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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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‘Would Not Be Practical’ an Insufficient Response

(New York) – Jamaican authorities should take prompt action to ensure that people with disabilities can vote in the elections on December 29, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Director of Elections Orrett Fisher has publicly acknowledged that the…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch mourns the death of Dr. Robert Carr, an international human rights and HIV/AIDS activist who worked tirelessly to defend the health and human rights of people living with HIV, or at risk from the disease. His family…
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Reports of Unarmed Men Shot by Soldiers

(Washington, DC) - Jamaican authorities should conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations into alleged extrajudicial killings by state security forces in the Tivoli Gardens section of Kingston, Human Rights Watch said today.  Human Rights…
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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…