Applaud Jamaica for Abolishing Corporal Punishment

Target: Justice Minister, Mark Golding

Goal: Commend Jamaica for eliminating flogging and whipping as punishment for prisoners.

Jamaica just abolished a punishment for prisoners which dates back to the colonial era. The country took a step towards human rights by outlawing this punishment. The country eliminated flogging and whipping as forms of punishments for prisoners. Flogging refers to a punishment wherein a person is beat with a switch from a tamarind tree, while whipping is done with a cat-o’-nine-tails. Flogging and whipping are degrading punishments. They were originally used on slaves and are not fit for a modern democracy.

The last time either of these punishments was ordered was in 1997. The last person who received the punishment went to the United Nations Human Rights committee to file a complaint. The international committee ruled in 2004 that the form of punishment was inhuman; the punishment has not been used since. Although the punishment hasn’t been used for years, the fact that it was still legal in the country was wrong.

Human rights groups had been putting pressure on Jamaica’s government to remove the punishment. Due to the law, Jamaica was unable to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. By keeping that form of punishment legal Jamaica was violating civil and political rights. The move to abolish flogging and whipping supports Jamaica’s stance against torture. The removal of the punishment has been praised by human rights groups. Mark Golding, the Justice Minister, said that the punishment was an anachronism which violated the country’s international codes.

Sign the petition and applaud Jamaica for protecting human rights and working to end corporal punishment.


Dear Mr. Golding,

Flogging and whipping are outdated, degrading forms of punishments that were used for slaves. These forms of punishments abuse human rights. I applaud Jamaica for eliminating these forms of torture and making them illegal punishments for prisoners.

This is a victory for Jamaican human rights. The move secures the country as having a zero tolerance for torture. The punishment was not fit for a modern democracy and I commend Jamaica for recognizing that. I encourage Jamaica to continue on this path and ensure that human rights are protected and there is no torture in the country.


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