Jamaica: UNHCR wants full investigation of murder of human rights activist/attorney
Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 22, 2012
From the Washington Post:
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The UN’s refugee agency on Tuesday called for a full investigation into the abduction and slaying of a human rights activist that has increased worry over crime in this Caribbean country.
Attorney Clover Graham, who was Jamaica’s honorary liaison for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was found at daybreak Sunday with her throat slashed in tall weeds by the Caymanas Polo Club just outside of the capital of Kingston.
UNHCR regional representative Vincent Cochetel described Graham as a “passionate human rights activist” who worked with the UN agency since 1998 by counseling asylum seekers and helping Haitian refugees find shelter and jobs.
Her son and his girlfriend died the same way four years ago:
Four years ago, Graham’s son and his girlfriend were also found in a field with their throats slashed after they brought crutches and other medical supplies to men they had accidentally injured in a road crash. Two men were recently convicted of those murders, which were dubbed the “good Samaritan” slayings.
The killing of Graham has sharpened crime fears in this violence-wracked Caribbean country of less than 3 million inhabitants. Most of the violence takes place in rough slums, with tourist resorts largely crime-free.
A U.N. study on the Caribbean released earlier this year said Jamaica has had the world’ third-highest murder rate over the past decade…
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