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Human-rights lawyer Dennis Daly is dead

Published:Thursday | July 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Raheem McKain, Gleaner Intern

Dennis Daly, Q.C., one of the founding members of the Jamaican Council for Human Rights, died on Monday from what family members said was an apparent stroke.

Daly was a former chairman of the Jamaican Council for Human Rights and vice-chairman of the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights. Called to Lincoln's Inn in 1961, on his return home he was called to the Jamaican Bar in the same year. Daly was a member of the Jamaican Bar Association from 1963 and served the association as vice-president and as president from 1978 to 1979. He was later admitted as a Queen's Counsel in 1990 for his outstanding professional work and service to the Bar.

At the Bar, Daly led the way in the formulation of cases against the State and agents of the State for human-rights abuses, including R vs Noel Samuda (1998), which abolished flogging in Jamaica. He used his exceptional skills as counsel in the protection and service of others. His area of expertise included, but was not limited to, civil-rights cases dealing with the challenges to the death penalty and corporal punishment; general civil litigation and advocacy and specialising in extrajudicial killings, excesses by the police, unlawful stop and search, the criminalisation and alienation of the youth and any action he thought deprived the individual of his rights.

Daly's family remembers most, his fervency for playing dominoes with his three sons, Andrew, Graham and Neil; his love for tennis and cricket; his delight in jazz and movies. Also, his care and affection for his two grandsons, Christopher and Nicholas, and two granddaughters, Mia and Elizabeth.

His daughter-in-law, Lisa Daly, told The Gleaner yesterday, "We will miss his stern resolve, strength and laughter."