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How the Caribbean mesures up on LGBTI instruments

The chart below compares the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the other major regions in the world in terms of human righs tools to promote and protect LGBTI rights. Five areas were exanined and the original results published in the Gurdian online (UK).

HR Tools : (1) Decriminalisation of consensual sex between adults, (2) Protection from discrimination in the workplace, (3) Protection from hate crimes, (4) Marriage between same sex adults and (5) Adoption

30 % of Caribbean States have decriminalised or did not have laws punishing consensual sex between adults. In latin America and North America all countries have already taken this action and also implemented legislative tools to protect LGBTI from hate crimes.  Canada and Uruguay afford their citizens all rights. The United States of America recognises marriage at the federal level.


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UN AIDS survey 2013 recently released shows that in Trinidad and Tobago approximately 70 percent of persons polled did not beleive that gays should be treated differently or as unequals, and more than 60 percent also feels that there should be legal frameworks to protect LGBTI from hate crimes.

However the governement has not yet taken any actions.

Trinidad and Tobago's Immigration Act  prohibits the entry to homosexuals.


Barbados' laws punish consensual sex between males with life sentence. Its government expressed in 2011 that it would not be dictated by the UK to ammend its position in order to be a benifeciary of financial assistance. Recent polls indicate a growing tolerance for LGBT community.  The survey conducted in 2010 revealed that people were open to having gays as friends but were concerned about them in positions of influence or leadership for example teachers and politicians.

Jamaica punishes sex between males with 10 years imprisonment. It's society is aggressively homphobic and there have hate crimes including assault with weapons and killing of homosexuals. LGBTI members are known to be discriminated against by members of the civil services including medical staff and police officers. Some Jamaican artistes encourage violence and killing of gay people in their music.

Suriname has leagalised same sex activities since the 19 century however its government does not recognise LGBTI as marginalised or minority groups; Representatives of the state have indicated taken this positon because it has not been declared by the United Nations General Assembly.



Last modified on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 21:10
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