CARICOM to discuss modification of homosexuality laws

Attorneys General of CARICOM are to meet later this year for formal talks on the modernisation of laws banning homosexuality and prostitution.

The need for reform has been highlighted at the International Aids Conference in Mexico City which was addressed by Caribbean delegates Thursday.

AIDS campaigners say laws and attitudes that frown on gay and commercial sex, fuel stigma and discrimination against groups deemed most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, making it harder to reach them.

Assistant Secretary General at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Edward Green says there are no plans to do away with entrenched laws.

“This now has been a discussion ongoing for a couple of years and what we are seeing is a regional trend towards accepting the need for modifying the laws,”

“In November of this year we are having a meeting of the Attorneys General to look at some of the proposals being put forward and have for the first time a serious discussion on these issues,” said Dr. Green.
source: radiojamaica


Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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