Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Censures Jamaica for Violating the Rights of LGBTI Citizens


DECEMBER 1, 2020: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has issued a scathing report declaring that Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act violates several of the individual rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights, which Jamaica signed in 1977. The soon-to-be-released IACHR report lambasts the Jamaican act for criminalizing same-sex intercourse between males (punishable by 10 years in prison with hard labor) as well as “any act of gross indecency” — for example, a kiss — by a male with another male (punishable by two years in prison). “This report is a resounding victory for social justice and a necessary repudiation of homophobia,” said Sarah Bosha, Legal and Research Advisor, HIV and Human Rights at AIDS-Free World. “The IACHR’s findings and recommendations can lead to fundamental changes in public policy throughout the Caribbean.” “The 1864 law, a relic of colonialism, is instrumental in the spread of the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean region,” Bosha said. “It drives LGBTI people underground and away from essential HIV testing and treatment services. Now it is up to Jamaica to repeal the law.”

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 05/24/2024
Her message? “Don’t be weak and gay.” In turn, the response on social media was strong and decidedly gay. Valentina Gomez, one of eight Republican …
Added on: 05/24/2024
PRISTINA, May 23 (Reuters) – In a Pristina apartment, gay actors laugh and cry their way through rehearsals for a play lampooning homophobic politicians …
Added on: 05/24/2024
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s parliament is proposing changes to its broadcast law that would ban investigative journalism and LGBT content, sparking criticism from civil …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Added on: 05/22/2024
Being trans in the Caribbean today is easier than in the past, helped by the visibility and recognition of transgender people in Northern countries, …
Added on: 05/12/2024
Hundreds of activists for sexual diversity in Cuba held a demonstration in the streets of the capital on Saturday, both to celebrate the update …
Added on: 05/06/2024
As Haiti endures chaos, shortages, inflation and gang warfare, the LGBTQ community shares the nation’s agony, even as it has challenges and plans of …