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Mario Dean's mother to appear before human rights commission

Published:Monday | October 23, 2017 | 9:11 AM
Mercia Frazer (left), mother of Mario Deane, addressing a press conference in 2014. Beside her is a human rights official.

The mother of Mario Dean, the young man who died as a result of injuries received while in police lock-up, is today expected to make submissions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Mercia Frazer is attending the hearing in Montevideo, Uruguay with representatives from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ).

Mario Dean was severely beaten on August 3, 2014, while in police custody at the Barnett Street Police Station in St James.

He succumbed to his injuries on August 6, 2014.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) conducted an investigation into this matter following which members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force were charged in relation to Dean’s death.

At today’s hearing, the JFJ is expected to raise concerns about ongoing allegations of unlawful killings by the police in Jamaica, the situation of pre-trial detention, and the issues that the families of victims face.

JFJ notes that since 2000, law enforcement officials in Jamaica have allegedly killed more than 3,000 people, most of them young men living in marginalised communities. 

INDECOM statistics also show that between January and September 2017, police killings had increased by 44 per cent, compared with the similar period in 2016.