Thursday, November 28, 2013

J-FLAG report claims little investigation/prosecution in anti-gay cases

The age old problem of the police not investigating or lack of interest in LGBT tinged murder and crime cases is back on the agenda but sometimes when JFLAG itself is offered help it refuses, case in point an old case in 2008 in Manchester where young gay men found their home was invaded and one of the three men was said to have fallen in a cave/natural opening in the earth while running away from his attackers.


CVM TV at the time in 2008 carried the item at the time with the fire department and police saying they searched the cave and found no body yet an exploration group based in Jamaica offered to assist with technical advice and expertise on a pro-bono basis to which JFLAG declined. That is just one in a series of strange decisions from the goodly J over the years that has led me to question what is really going on?

See that story here: 
Brotha Hurt by Homophobic Violence and Recovery Photos of our Post on Brotha who was chopped in Mandeville last year 2008
Now comes this:

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has published a report claiming little or no thorough investigation or prosecutions in the majority of cases of anti-gay discrimination or violence in Jamaica. 





In its report titled 'Homophobia and Violence in Jamaica' the group noted that between 2009 and last year, it received reports of 231 incidents of anti-gay discrimination and violence.

J-FLAG says it has been receiving increased reports of violence and discrimination against Lesbians, Gays Bisexuals and Transgender people.

However, it says many incidents are still not being reported.

The lobby group says this is because of what it describes as the hostile social and cultural environment, which causes gays to fear further discrimination, persecution or the disclosure of their sexual orientation.

According to J-FLAG, most of the 231 incidents reported between 2009 and last year, related to assaults, physical attacks, and displacement from homes and communities.

It says other incidents include extortion and threats as well as sexual violence, particularly against lesbians and bisexual women.

While acknowledging efforts made by the police, J-FLAG says much more work needs to be done to ensure that all Jamaicans are protected with equal treatment before the law where their rights are infringed.

J-FLAG is also claiming that discriminatory laws and the lack of specific protections continue to contribute to the incidence of discrimination, violence and other forms of abuse against gay people.

J-FLAG says there is little evidence to substantiate claims that members of the gay community are perpetrators of violence themselves.

It has recommended that the Parliament publicly condemns violence against all people regardless of their sexual orientation and invests in initiatives that promote the rights and dignity of all Jamaicans.


ENDS

With the LGBT crisis reporting gone haywire and alarmist how does one or JFLAG expect the cops to work with them if the credibility of such reports are questionable and the truth is not told in some instances. The Dean Moriah case earlier this year proves such that it was not a homophobic murder though widely circulated as such leaving the lobby with a black eye and the police hierarchy concluded there was no gay rage: See MORE HERE: NO GAY RAGE - Homosexuals Are Not Targeted For Violent Crime, Say Experts 

Peace and tolerance

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