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  1. Amnesty calls for full investigation into West Kgn deaths

    Jamaica Observer

    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    HUMAN rights group Amnesty International has called for a thorough investigation into the deaths of those killed in the security operation to arrest Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

    In a release today, Amnesty said while the Jamaican police have a duty to maintain law and order, the attribution of extraordinary powers to the security forces may lead to human rights violations.

    “Security forces have so far accounted for four firearms seized, quite a low number compared with the number of people killed,” Amnesty said.

    The group said the human rights record of the police force in Jamaica is dire.

    “Every year the police are responsible for a high number of killings. Evidence indicates that many of these killings are unlawful,” said Kerrie Howard, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Americas programme

    “In this context, residents of the affected areas, including those not involved in the armed confrontation, may become victims of abuses by the security forces. Only an impartial and thorough investigation of every death or injury caused by the use of force will enable the facts to be established regarding possible unlawful killings or extra-judiciary executions.”



  2. ‘Dudus’ hunt fuels anger in slums

    Jamaica: Slum dwellers seethed with anger on Friday as soldiers and police pressed on with house-to-house searches for alleged drug dealer Christopher “Dudus” Coke, with the death toll rising but no trace of “Dudus.”

    Jamaican police have said that at least 73 bodies have been found in morgues after their fruitless four-day-old assault in Kingston.

    A woman in the Tivoli Gardens neighbourhood shouted: “They kill my baby pickney,” while standing near a large mural showing Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who Mr Coke helped to win elected office.



  3. New curfews after 10 killed

    Jamaica: Police commanders in Kingston have imposed new curfews in city’s western shanty towns after 10 people were killed in shootouts with police.

    Residents in four neighbourhoods, including Spanish Town city, were ordered to stay in their homes after huge gun battles rocked the streets, leaving men, women and an 11-year-old girl dead.

    The renewed violence in the Caribbean island’s capital comes as a state of emergency was lifted following a near all-out war between the police, military and a drug gang led by Christopher Coke that left 76 people dead this summer.



  4. Deaths spark heavy crackdown

    JAMAICA: Security personnel armed with M16s and machine guns manned roadblocks and detained dozens of young men on Thursday in a Jamaican ghetto.

    The crackdown follows the deaths of a 13-year-old girl, two elderly men and three others who were killed during reported shootouts between police and gunmen.

    Residents of the Denham Town slum in West Kingston blame officers for Monday’s killings and the area has been under curfew amid an ongoing security operation to seize illegal guns and fugitives.

    Human rights groups have accused police of trigger-happy tactics across Jamaica causing 45 deaths in just the first 10 weeks of the year. A total of 21 people were killed by police in the first six days of March.



  5. Protesters demand inquiry into 2010 raid

    Thursday 21 March 2013

    Residents of a battle-scarred slum once controlled by Jamaica’s biggest underworld boss rallied on Wednesday to demand accountability and justice for a deadly 2010 raid into their community.

    Around 100 demonstrators marched to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s offices.

    A handful of organisers and residents delivered a petition calling for an international inquiry into the raid.

    Most were from Tivoli Gardens, a public housing complex in West Kingston where at least 73 civilians were killed when security forces raided it during a state of emergency.

    Organiser Lloyd D’Aguilar of the Tivoli Committee and the Campaign for Social and Economic Justice said the demonstrators wanted a response within 30 days.

    Lawyer Hannah Harris-Barrington said she hoped to involve the United Nations and international courts because of “a major cover-up” being perpetrated in Jamaica.

    “People are dead and missing,” she told the rally.

    “We need international attention now because otherwise this is going to happen again.”



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