Stephens v. Jamaica,
Communication No. 373/1989, U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/55/D/373/1989 (1995).

The Human Rights Committee, established under article 28 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

Meeting on 18 October 1995,

Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 373/1989, submitted to the Human Rights Committee by Mr. Lennon Stephens under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

Having taken into account all written information made available to it by the author of the communication, his counsel and the State party,

Adopts its Views under article 5, paragraph 4, of the Optional Protocol.

The facts as submitted by the author:

The complaint:

The State party's information on the admissibility of the communication and author's comments thereon:

The Committee's admissibility decision:

State party's observations on the merits and author's comments thereon:

Examination of the merits:


(1) Under the Offences against the Person (Amendment) Act of 1992.

(2) Privy Council Appeal No. 10 of 2 November 1993.

(3) See Views adopted in cases Nos. 253/1987 (Paul Kelly v. Jamaica), with individual opinion of Bertil Wennergren, and 277/1988 (Terán Jijón v. Ecuador).

(4) Communication No.203/1986, adopted on 4 November 1988, paragraph 11.3.

(5) CCPR/C/35/D/210/1986 & 225/1987, Pratt and Morgan v. Jamaica, Views adopted 5 April 1989, paragraph 13.6.

(6) See Views on communication No. 253/1987, Paul Kelly v. Jamaica, adopted on 8 April 1991, paragraph 5.8; communication No. 277/1988, Terán Jijón v. Ecuador, Views adopted on 26 March 1992, paragraph 5.3.

(7) Individual opinion of Committee member Bertil Wennergren to Views in Kelly v. Jamaica.

(8) See Views on communications Nos. 270/1988 and 271/1988, Barrett and Sutcliffe v. Jamaica, adopted on 30 March 1992, paragraph 8.4.

(9) General Comment 8[16] of 27 July 1982, paragraph 2.

[Adopted in English, French and Spanish, the English text being the original version. Subsequently to be issued also in Arabic, Chinese and Russian as part of the Committee's annual report to the General Assembly.]