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LGBTI rights in the Caribbean: Losing to win

Maurice Tomlinson (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Maurice Tomlinson (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

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 a homosexual I must be allowed the right of entry into both countries AND that the states should act to repeal the laws which create confusion for CARICOM travel.

This provide some clarity for Caribbean LGBTI people. As a result of the novel nature of the case, the court denied Belize’s application for me to pay their legal costs. So, all in all I am OK with the verdict.

There is no possibility of appealing the judgement, so it is now time for the states to act.

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3 thoughts on “LGBTI rights in the Caribbean: Losing to win

  1. This is a win Maurice. Congratulations and thank you.D Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network. From: 76 CRIMESSent: Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:14 AMTo: ddouglas@ocasi.orgReply To: 76 CRIMESSubject: [New post] LGBTI rights in the Caribbean: Losing to win

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    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 “

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