- Where are the proactive programs for the community islandwide?
- Where are the residential interventions that were to come on stream?
- Did the Sunshine Cathedral in Miami manage to raise the funds they said they would to deal with homeless issues?
- What about self defence classes for LGBT people?
- Where is the proper engagement with the community?
More than fifty men and women who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual have faced various human rights violations between January and June 2011.
Jamaicans continue to experience human rights violations at the hands of their family, friends, neighbours, landlord, police or mobs because of their sexual orientation. Since January 2011, fifty-one incidents, including mob attacks, physical abuse, home evictions, and discrimination were reported with forty-seven of these meted out to males. Similar to national statistics on crime and violence, young people, 18 to 29 years, continue to be the main victims of violence based on sexual orientation. Young people made more than 30 of the 51 reports.
“On average, J-FLAG has documented between 30 and 40 cases annually over the past three years, but we have seen an increase in the number of reports which shows that homophobia based harassment and discrimination continues because of the lack of protection of the human rights of homosexuals living in Jamaica by the state,” says Dane Lewis, Executive Director at J-FLAG.
“There is a Policy Statement on violence against persons based on their sexual orientation, agreed by Cabinet on April 7, 2008, to support this, but there is no hate crime law,” Corbin Gordon, J-FLAG’s Programme & Advocacy Coordinator highlighted. In a communiqué with the organisation, Prime Minister Golding said that the Government’s position has been that violence against gays and lesbians is unequivocal. It should be condemned, discouraged, investigated, persecuted and punished with vigour and determination.
J-FLAG is therefore urging the Government to protect and promote the human rights of persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “Action needs to be demonstrated beyond that of a policy statement if we are to achieve our national vision to ensure that the ‘Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just,” Lewis said.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons have and continue to play a crucial role in Jamaica’s development in the areas of arts and culture, sports, education, job creation and entrepreneurship, among others. They are efficient and productive members of both public and private sector entities. Lewis also said “Vision 2030 would never be truly materialised if there are distinctions in our constitution about the protection of one set of people over another.”
Sashalee Scott - Ok I know jamaica have violence but be real . With all the phone that have camera . If gays are being abuse so badly wouldn't it be on the web or don't you think they would call amnesty. Jamaica is right in America back yard CNN would have it running 24/7
Jas'n J Hemings sashalee - apparently they think they are special, dem luv get notice or supm,,, cause me see battyman all di time a JA and nuh man naah beat dem, and dem say JA is the most homo intolerant society , however in the middleeast they are put to death and certain places in africa, im sure they wouldnt want to live there! jus a style man country so, dem fi get visa and migrate !
Maureen Douglas - Is it gay,s alone that are been abused if so in Jamaica, what about our children,our women and all the other unmentionable situation. With all of this happen and many other varies in our society why dem feel like they are being signaled out dem just love attention so they will seek it from any angle all of a sudden every where yuh turn dem a bright up dem self wha dem expect grenny use to seh when plantain wah dead it shot.
Just to list a few see the rest here
We have a long way to go.
Peace and tolerance