A motion was recently passed in Jamaica’s parliament that called for a debate on legislation that would regulate “civil society groups and special interest groups” in order to “protect Jamaica’s democracy” from external funders with “hidden agendas.”
We consider the motion’s objectives to be meaningful in principle, but misguided in its assumptions about the existing accountability of the Jamaican civil society, as well as the appropriate role of the state in regulating freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Upon a review of the motion’s objectives, the existing legal framework related to financial disclosures, and the related constitutional and human rights principles, we find the call for new legislation to further the motion’s objectives to be unnecessary and potentially damaging.Read more "Proposed Civil Society Regulation in Jamaica: Parliamentary Submision by JFJ on Mandatory Financial DIsclosures by Civil Society"
The blanket prohibition of polygamy in politically liberal states relies on justifications that are principally inconsistent and logically dubious. Recognizing the existence of a burden upon states to provide legitimate and compelling premises for the exclusion of access to social goods that are consistently applied, the dominant justification for legal proscriptions against polygamy – protection […]Read more "Some (Unresolved) Thoughts on Polygamy: Valid Justifications for A Blanket Prohibition?"
April 16, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica – Senior officials from Jamaica and the Federative Republic of Brazil this week held high level talks aimed at further enhancing the great relationship that exists between both countries. As part of the continued cooperation between the two nations, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence invited a Jamaican delegation, led by […]Read more "Jamaica and Brazil Further Defence Cooperation – Ministry of National Security"
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The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has concluded its review of Jamaica’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child during its 68th Session. The review, which considered Jamaica’s combined 3rd & 4th Periodic Report was an in-depth assessment of the child rights landscape in the […]Read more "UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Concludes Review of Jamaica – Full Recording & Documentation"
Parliamentary update on Jamaica’s crime statistics for 2014, the short term response to the January 2015 spike, and the strategic measures being taken to improve the long-term effectiveness of policing.Read more "Statement to Jamaican Parliament on Crime Statistics and Police Reform – Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security – January 27, 2015"