U.N. members to Grenada: Repeal anti-gay law

Location of Grenada in the Caribbean. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)
Location of Grenada in the Caribbean. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Discrimination against LGBTI people in Grenada came under fire from abroad as part of the past year’s United Nations review of countries’ human rights records.

The past year’s reviews focused on dozens of countries as part of the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, which eventually scrutinizes each country’s human rights record in turn. This article is one of several about the recent UPR process for seven countries with anti-LGBTI laws .

The excerpts below focus on human rights for LGBTI people in Grenada:

Recommendations to Grenada

Many countries urged Grenada to repeal its law criminalizing sexual activity between consenting adults and to adopt a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Such advice came from Chile,  Argentina, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.

The response from Grenada

Grenada reported that the issue of discrimination against LGBTI persons was being “considered within the context of the ongoing process of constitutional reform and had been raised in several of the public consultations held throughout Grenada.” It stated:

“Within the democratic process, it was obvious that there was not much support for that issue nationally. It should be noted, however, that apart from the recommendations on constitutional reform made by the Committee to the Government, the Committee had recommended that ordinary legislation be passed with regard to ‘protection against discrimination at workplaces based only on sexual orientation.”

Apparently Grenada did not even consider dropping its law against same-sex intimacy, which provides for a 10-year prison sentence for men who are “guilty of unnatural connexion.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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