Jamaicans for Justice
Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights organization founded in 1999.
The organization arose out of the gas riots of April 16, 1999 in the form of a small committee that felt that there was a need for a citizens’ rights action group to monitor the actions of the government, pressure it to act according to human rights principles and to hold it to account. This included addressing the frustrations of the Jamaican people which involved many instances of alleged corruption in the public sphere, apparent miscarriages of justice in the judicial system and imbalances in the socio-economic system.
On August 19, 1999 four months after one of the most tempestuous times in the history of the country, JFJ came into being; two months, thereafter, on October 15, it was officially a legal entity.
A Jamaica where the rights of all are ensured; where there is equal opportunity for citizens to realize their full potential and enjoy a sense of wellbeing; and where our culture is enhanced and respect shared.
Through the works of our action group we will bring about fundamental change in Jamaica’s judicial, economic, social, and political systems in order to improve the present and future lives of all Jamaicans.
Truth, Transparency, Integrity, Empathy, Humility, Respect.
JFJ believes that the majority of Jamaicans are decent, law-abiding citizens; that each person is innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law, and that each citizen deserves respect, freedom and the right to enjoy a peaceful existence.
We believe in the protection of the Constitutional rights of every human being. Our belief in protecting the basic rights of all citizens of Jamaica is reinforced by the recognition and acceptance of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
We believe that all Jamaicans, even those marginalized sectors of society who are subject to prejudice, have equal rights and deserve equal respect and protection.
We would never knowingly endanger anyone’s life.
JAMAICANS FOR JUSTICE
2 Fagan Avenue, Kingston 8, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: (876) 755-4524-6
Fax: (876) 755-4355