Caribbean Nations Urged To Adopt OAS TBLG Human Rights Resolutions

TransGriot Note: Rainbow community human rights issues in the Caribbean are still a mixed bag and require much work and improvement.  Press release fromThe
Coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transsexual,
Transgender and Intersex (LGBTTTI) Latin American and Caribbean
organizations concerning a recent TBLG human rights resolution adopted by the OAS 
 

The Coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transsexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTTTI) Latin American and Caribbean organizations (The Coalition) is calling on all Caribbean states to
implement the Organization of American States (OAS) Resolutions on human
rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. 

During
the 42nd General Assembly of the OAS which took place in Cochabamba,
Bolivia June 3-5, 2012 a fifth resolution “Human Rights, Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity” was adopted. A result of long term
advocacy of the Coalition, the resolution includes all the issues
contained in the previous resolutions which call on Member States to
introduce measures against discrimination and human rights violations
and to implement public policies.

Additionally,
the resolution requests that the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (IACHR) “prepare a study on legislation and provisions in force
in the OAS Members States restricting the human rights of individuals by
reason of their sexual orientation or gender identity and to prepare
based on that study, guidelines aimed at promoting the decriminalization
of homosexuality.”       

According
to the Coalition “indifference, omission and complicity by many states
in cases of discrimination and violence against the LGBTTTI community
make those more severe and limit the enjoyment of the basic needs of our
communities.” The Coalition noted that this situation is even more
serious in the case of legislation in 11 Anglophone Caribbean nations.   The Coalition contends that in the Caribbean:

• 11 countries still criminalize consenting adult same-gender intimacy;

• two countries ban entry of gay people,

• one country imposes life sentences for consenting adult same-gender intimacy;

• homophobia contributes to the region having the second highest HIV and AIDS prevalence and incidence rates;

• there are no protections for domestic violence committed against
LGBTTTI persons by their intimate partners or their families; and,

• Lesbian and bisexual women and invisible from any government data produced in the Caribbean.

With
this in mind the Coalition states that Caribbean countries must adopt
the fifth resolution of the 42nd General Assembly of the OAS and condemn
all forms of human rights violations against the LGBTTTI community, as
well as take immediate steps to end all forms of discrimination against
this vulnerable group.

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