Deep disappointment as St Vincent High Court fails to overturn discriminatory anti-LGBT laws

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02/17/2024

The Human Dignity Trust is deeply disappointed by today’s decision from the High Court in St Vincent and the Grenadines, that upholds the criminalisation of consensual, same-sex sexual activity. The High Court failed to overturn discriminatory anti-LGBT laws, inherited from colonial times. These laws target LGBT people by criminalising same-sex sexual activity, with punishment of up to ten years’ imprisonment. Today’s decision is manifestly at odds with the positive trend towards decriminalisation in judgments delivered by nearby courts in the Eastern Caribbean in 2022, as well as a landmark 2021 decision from a top regional human rights tribunal that found that similar laws criminalising LGBT people in the Americas violate international law.

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