Monday, March 12, 2007
Jamaica received a failing grade in its report on human rights practices according to a United States State Department and local rights watchdogs, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Based on the report Jamaica did not meet the minimum standard due to its handling of alleged extra-judicial killings by police, a weakened justice system, violence against women and mob killings. The major concerns were alleged unlawful killings committed by members of the security forces; mob violence against and vigilante killings of those suspected of breaking the law; abuse of detainees and prisoners by police and prison guards, and poor prison and jail conditions. The report also cited the continued impunity for police who commit crimes, an over-burdened judicial system and frequent lengthy delays in trials, violence and discrimination against women, trafficking in persons and violence against suspected or known homosexuals. The ruling party is yet to dispute or respond to the report.