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Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Jamaica, English

(12) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law in force immediately before the commencement of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2011, relating to­

(c) offences regarding the life of the unborn, shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of the provisions of this Chapter.
… (Sec. 13)14

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Jamaica, English

(1) Nothing contained in or done under any law in so far as it restricts­
(a) marriage; or
(b) any other relationship in respect of which any rights and obligations similar to those pertaining to marriage are conferred upon persons as if they were husband and wife, to one man and one woman shall be regarded as being inconsistent with or in contravention of the provisions of this Chapter.
(2) No form of marriage or other relationship referred to in subsection (1), other than the voluntary union of one man and one woman may be contracted or legally recognized in Jamaica. (Sec. 18)15

Protection from Violence

Jamaica, English

(2) Subject to sections 18 and 49, and to subsections (9) and (12) of this section, and save only as may be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society­
(a) this Chapter guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in subsections (3) and (6) of this section and in sections 14, 15, 16 and 17; and
(b) Parliament shall pass no law and no organ of the State shall take any action which abrogates, abridges or infringes those rights.
(3) The rights and freedoms referred to in subsection (2) are as follows­
(a) the right to life, liberty and security of the person

(o) the right to protection from torture, or inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment as provided In subsections (6) and (7);

(6) No person shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.
(7) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of subsection (6) to the extent that the law in question authorizes the infliction of any description of punishment which was lawful in Jamaica immediately before the commencement of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 2011.
… (Sec. 13)12

Property, Inheritance and Land Tenure

Jamaica, English

(2) Subject to sections 18 and 49, and to subsections (9) and (12) of this section, and save only as may be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society­
(a) this Chapter guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in subsections (3) and (6) of this section and in sections 14, 15, 16 and 17; and
(b) Parliament shall pass no law and no organ of the State shall take any action which abrogates, abridges or infringes those rights.
(3) The rights and freedoms referred to in subsection (2) are as follows­

(q) the protection of property rights as provided in section 15;
… ( Sec. 13)11

Government

Jamaica, English

(1) There shall be in and for Jamaica a Cabinet which shall consist of the Prime Minister and such number of other Ministers (not being less than eleven) selected from among Ministers appointed in accordance with the provisions of section 70 of this Constitution as the Prime Minister may from time to time consider appropriate.
(2) The Cabinet shall be the principal instrument of policy and shall be charged with the general direction and control of the Government of Jamaica and shall be collectively responsible therefor to Parliament.
(3) Not less than two nor more than four of the Ministers selected pursuant to subsection (1) shall be persons who are members of the Senate. (Sec. 69)

Head of State

Jamaica, English

There shall be a Governor-General of Jamaica who shall be appointed by Her Majesty and shall hold office during Her Majesty's pleasure and who shall be Her Majesty's representative in Jamaica. (Sec. 27)

Legislature

Jamaica, English

Subject to the provisions of section 40 of this Constitution, any person, who at the date of his appointment or nomination for election-
(a) is a Commonwealth citizen of the age of twenty one years or upwards; and
(b) has been ordinarily resident in Jamaica for the immediately preceding twelve months, shall be qualified to be appointed as a Senator or elected as a member of the House of Representatives and no other person shall be so qualified. (Sec. 39)

Political Rights and Association

Jamaica, English

(2) Subject to sections 18 and 49, and to subsections (9) and (12) of this section, and save only as may be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society­
(a) this Chapter guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in subsections (3) and (6) of this section and in sections 14, 15, 16 and 17; and
(b) Parliament shall pass no law and no organ of the State shall take any action which abrogates, abridges or infringes those rights.
(3) The rights and freedoms referred to in subsection (2) are as follows­

(e) the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;

(m) the right of every citizen of Jamaica­
(i) who is qualified to be registered as an elector for elections to the House of Representatives, to be so registered; and
(ii) who is so registered, to vote in free and fair elections;
… (Sec. 13)10

Government

Jamaica, English

(1) Whenever the Governor-General has occasion to appoint a Prime Minister he, acting in his discretion, shall appoint the member of the House of Representatives who, in his judgment, is best able to command the confidence of a majority of the members of that House and shall, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint from among the members of the two Houses such number of other Ministers as the Prime Minister may advise.
… (Sec. 70)

Legislature

Jamaica, English

(1) The Senate shall consist of twenty-one persons who being qualified for appointment as Senators in accordance with this Constitution have been so appointed in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(2) Thirteen Senators shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, by instrument under the Broad Seal.
(3) The remaining eight Senators shall be appointed by the Governor-General, acting in accordance with the advice of 'the Leader of the Opposition, by instrument under the Broad Seal. (Sec. 35)