Appeal to UN Special Procedures re: Homophobic and transphobic violence in Jamaica

The undersigned non-governmental organizations appeal to the Special Procedures mandate-holders to take the following actions:

  1. Hold the Jamaican Government accountable for failing to take steps to address homophobia and to comply with its obligations under international law to promote and protect the human rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  2. Issue a joint public statement calling on the Jamaican Government to openly condemn all homophobic and transphobic killings, and consider all other available means of intervention in addition to such a statement;
  3. Call on the Government of Jamaica to ensure that prompt, independent and effective investigations are undertaken into all allegations of acts of violence, including those suspected of being motivated on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  4. Call on the Government of Jamaica to ensure that the investigations are able to result in the identification and prosecution of individuals responsible for such attacks and that any conviction leads to the imposition of appropriate sanctions.
  5. Call on the Government of Jamaica to work with relevant civil society organizations to undertake comprehensive public awareness-raising and sensitivity campaigns on sexual and gender diversity that condemn anti-LGBT violence and promote respect for the human rights of all people in Jamaica, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  6. Call on the Government of Jamaica to repeal all legal provisions that might be used to criminalize consensual same sex relations between individuals above the legal age of consent.
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