On Monday 23 October, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and Amnesty International will attend a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Montevideo, Uruguay, to raise concerns about ongoing allegations of unlawful killings by the police in Jamaica, the situation of pre-trial detention, and the impunity that families of victims face.
Since 2000, law enforcement officials in Jamaica have allegedly killed more than 3,000 people; mostly young men living in marginalized communities. Between January and September 2017, police killings had increased by 44%, compared with the same period in 2016, according to INDECOM.
The organisations will be joined by Mercia Frazer, mother of Mario Deane, who died after a severe beating in police custody in 2013, as a representative of families whose relatives have been killed by the police.
The hearing will be live-streamed at 01:45 PM (Jamaica Time) in www.oas.org/en/iachr.
JAMAICANS FOR JUSTICE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ADVISORY