Jamaica is one of the deadliest countries in the world.
Amid gang violence and socio-economic inequalities the Jamaican police have for years added more violence to the cycle of violence which the country is trapped in.
This “tough on crime” approach has not only failed to address the public security situation but has also provoked a human rights catastrophe: in the last 10 years police killed more than 2,000 people. Every week two people are killed by the police in Jamaica.
But police in Jamaica do not only unlawfully kill mostly young men from marginalized communities. They often turn to the families afterward to intimidate them and instill fear in order to silence them: at their home, at the hospital, even at funerals.
Despite the adversities, many wives, mothers, sisters and other relatives stand up for justice. However a dysfunctional justice system prevents them from accessing justice and perpetuates a widespread impunity. In the last 10 years only a handful of police officers have ever been held accountable by national courts.