Monday, June 11, 2012

Caribbean Prejudice Violates Gays at OAS

Posted: June 11th, 2012

This document was circulated with as much Caribbean ambassadors as possible. The content can be seen below:

Caribbean Prejudice Violates Gays!
  •       11 Caribbean countries still criminalize consenting adult same-gender intimacy.
  •       2 countries ban entry of homosexuals.
  •       1 country imposes life sentence for consenting adult same-gender intimacy.
  •       Homophobia contributes to the Caribbean having the second highest HIV and AIDS prevalence and incidence rates.
  •       There are no protections for domestic violence committed against LGBTI persons by their intimate partners or their families. 
  •       Lesbian and bisexual women are invisible from any government data produced in the Caribbean.

We therefore call on Caribbean states to implement the 4 OAS Resolutions on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity by:
  1.  Condemning all forms human rights violations against LGBTI persons; and 
  2.  Immediately taking steps to end all forms of discrimination against LGBTI persons.

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