November 14, 2018

Caribbean groups hail sexual rights ruling in T&T, call for leadership and legal services

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By CariFLAGS (PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – CariFLAGS (Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities), the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) regional network celebrates with its member organisations and regional partners the Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) High Court decision in Jason Jones vs Attorney General delivered last Thursday, April 12. […]

Brexit: the threat to LGBTI rights in the UK

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By Paul Crick From International Bas Association Tuesday 6 March 2018 Much of the coverage devoted to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill making its way through Parliament suggests it has one aim: ensuring all EU law is taken into UK law to avoid any legal gaps when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March […]

UK’s flagrant disregard for the rule of law and complicity in segregation of LGBTI people in its Overseas Territories

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In May 2017, the Supreme Court of Bermuda established marriage equality for same-sex couples in the case of Godwin-DeRoche v The Registrar General(“Godwin-DeRoche“). The Bermudian court did not use international law but relied on local Bermudian law to hold that the Human Rights Act of Bermuda (which “affirms and protects” the rights and freedoms of […]

The UK has neglected LGBT+ people in British Overseas Territories in their hour of need

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By Dr Leonardo Raznovich From Pink News Little is discussed in the UK about the 14 territories still under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United Kingdom. Spanning the likes of Gibraltar through to Bermuda, these countries saw the UK criminalise homosexuality in their countries, yet it appears the country is nowhere to be seen […]

Caribbean activists welcome Inter-American Court opinion on LGBT rights

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By CariFLAGS (PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS) celebrates the recent advisory opinion by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) which referred to its constant case law whereby sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories against discrimination under the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights. […]

Colours Cayman Petition to the European Parliament declared Admissible

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GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, 8 November 2017: We refer to our press release dated 15 May 2017 regarding the petition submitted to the European Parliament. We are delighted to announce a very important and positive development for the LGBTI people of the Cayman Islands: the petition has been declared admissible by the Committee on Petitions of […]

How LGBTI exclusion is hindering development in Latin America and the Caribbean

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From The World Bank LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) persons face ongoing exclusion, discrimination and violence in every part of the world, and Latin America and the Caribbean is no exception. Although reliable data of population size of LGBTI individuals is scarce, a 2008 study by the University of Sao Paulo found that […]

After landmark ruling in Belize, Human Rights Groups hope the Caribbean tide is turning towards LGBT equality

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From Global Voices Belize City Court House. Photo by Janine Mendes-Franco, used with permission. Following in the wake of Hurricane Earl, a wind of change blew through Belize last week in the form of a widely anticipated oral court decision. On August 10, 2016, Honorable Chief Justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin struck down Section 53 of […]

LGBTI rights in the Caribbean: Losing to win

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By Maurice Tomlinson From 76Crimes June 10, 2016 — Today the Caribbean Court of Justice denied my application for a declaration that the laws of Belize and Trinidad & Tobago, which ban the entry of homosexuals, violate my right to free movement in CARICOM [the 15-nation Caribbean Community]. However, the court made it clear that as […]

May 17th was International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Joint United Nations Latin America and Caribbean Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, observed each year on May 17, aims to draw attention to the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience globally. Never before have the concerns of LGBTI […]