Jamaica’s Common Law Position on the Fleeing Felon vs The Right to Life


-- "INDEOM completes probe into Thompson Pen Police Killings" The Jamaica Gleaner (9 January 2013)  Accessed on 29 October 2013.

Last month, Mr. Terrence Williams, the Commissioner of the Commission of Independent Investigations (INDECOM) gave a public lecture on the Right to Life held by the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Right (1998) Ltd. Mr. Williams touched on many topics regarding the right to life but perhaps the most fascinating yet disturbing issue he discussed was that of the fleeing felon principle which Jamaica still adheres to.

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The Cuban Five Debate


“Human rights are inalienable, immutable and universal principles that are incidents of an individual’s humanity”

These were the overarching themes that pervading Lecture Theatre Room 2 during the Cuban Five debate that was held on October 3, 2013 at the University of West Indies Law Faculty.

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Nigeria College Shooting

A Adamu and M Faul “Nigeria College Shooting: Dozens of Students Shot Dead in Their Sleep” The Huffington Post. (29 September 2013) AP < http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/29/nigeria-college-shooting-students_n_4011912.html > Accessed on 29 October 2013.

In late September, suspected Islamic extremists gunned down more than 40 students in their dorms at an agricultural college in northeastern Nigeria. The attack was blamed on the Islamic insurgents – Boko Haram – who were accused of spraying bullets indiscriminately and torching classrooms. Witnesses to the crime said the culprits must have had “sophisticated rifles and improvised explosives”. Since the attack, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said there needs to be different approaches to handling insurgency.

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Russia v The Gays

Russia Gays
In June of this year, Russia’s lower house of parliament (the Duma) passed a new law, which bans the spread of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” amongst minors. The bill, which was pre-approved in January, passed unanimously in the lower house and was soon after signed into law by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Although, homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, anti-gay sentiment remains high.

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Who Am I?

The implications of the Dominican Republic’s new Citizenship Laws

E Abiu Lopez and D Coto "Dominican Republic to End Citizenship of Those Whose Parents Entered Illegally" Huffington Post. ( 27 September 2013)  Accessed on 29 October 2013.

E Abiu Lopez and D Coto “Dominican Republic to End Citizenship of Those Whose Parents Entered Illegally” Huffington Post. ( 27 September 2013) <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/dominican-republic-citize_n_4002844.html > Accessed on 29 October 2013.

What if we were to wake up tomorrow and hear that all individuals born to poor immigrant parents are no longer citizens of the country in which we live? Absurd isn’t it? This is the situation facing nearly 250,000 people in the Dominican Republic born to undocumented immigrants since 1929. What’s important to note is that majority of these individuals are Haitian descendants.

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Journey of a First-Year: Part II

N Cody "Writing as a Manifestation Tool"  (18 March 2012)  Accessed on 29 October 2013.

N Cody “Writing as a Manifestation Tool” (18 March 2012) < http://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/2012/03/18/writing-as-a-manifestation-tool/ > Accessed on 29 October 2013.

Mi jus a guh home and nuh come back ah dis yah place”, is what someone said to me a couple weeks ago. Mid-semester exams: the University’s extension of a choice finger to all those who were coasting along thinking ‘University isn’t so hard’. I was one of those persons if you remember last month. Yeah, not anymore, I too am contemplating going home and not coming back to ‘dis yah place’. Then I remember that no exam can compare to that ‘beatin’ from an, oh so loving mother.

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Athletes reputation tarnished by broadbrush labelling of adverse analytical findings

D Wharton, Los Angeles Times (23 August 2013)  Accessed on 29 October 2013.

D Wharton, Los Angeles Times (23 August 2013) < http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-jamaica-drug-tests-20130823,0,3890895.story#axzz2j7QqptxE > Accessed on 29 October 2013.

Several Jamaican athletes representing various sporting events have returned adverse analytical findings in the last few months. Recently, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) disciplinary panel recommended that Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown receive a public warning for a failed drug test. Campbell-Brown tested positive for a diuretic, which is a masking agent for performance-enhancing drugs.

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