Wednesday, October 16, 2019

ECADE, United & Strong Say Buggery Laws Pose Threat To Lives Of Persons Perceived To Be Gay

Press Release:–  Groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Caribbean citizens have long cautioned our governments that buggery and gross indecency laws pose a threat to the lives of anyone perceived to be gay, and therefore criminal, whether or not they are.

In the wake of the murder of Michael Pooran On February 23, 2019, local human rights group United and Strong and regional umbrella organisation ECADE, urge our governments to strongly denounce any forms of violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

As we stand in sympathy with the family whose loss is strongly alleged to be due to the perceived sexual orientation of the victim, we encourage the governments of Saint Lucia and the eastern Caribbean to re-examine the impact of the Buggery and Gross indecency Laws (Criminal Code, sections 132, 133) that are widely interpreted as criminalisation of the LGBT community.

These laws at once create an image of gay people as un-apprehended criminals and emboldens others with a sense of impunity that has proven to be a real threat to anyone whose gender expression is felt to be outside the norm.

Therefore everyone who, in a moment, may not fit what may be considered “normal” or “accepted” gender expression is at risk.

Protection of all vulnerable groups equals protection of every citizen and allows every the freedom of expression United and Strong and ECADE remind the government of Saint Lucia and the eastern Caribbean that in 2018 the 48th OAS General Assembly approved a tenth resolution on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” that encourages member states to consider “adopting public policies against discrimination by reason of sexual orientation and gender identity”.

While this resolution does not go far enough to insist on full protection of LGBT citizens, our governments can take it upon themselves to be progressive and enact the necessary legislation. Our government has recognised and committed in international fora to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of all citizens.

It is therefore unfortunate that our police force cannot identify or prosecute bias or hate crimes and the lack of legislation may serve as a barrier to providing full protection to those who are, or perceived to be, gay.

United and Strong and ECADE will continue our advocacy to achieve full recognition of the human rights of all people through litigation and advocacy. As such we will continue to monitor and engage with law enforcement, the judiciary and state representatives. We again express our sympathy to the friends and family of Michael Pooran.

8 COMMENTS

  1. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, thief, murder, intoxication, stoned/high, paedophilia, etc. Are all wrong! And should stop! People who have sex with little girls/boys should get help to stop, alcoholics have centers for them to get help and stop, jombies have centers to get help and stop, why isn’t there a center for the who are twisted in their head and think /believe male should sleep with male, or change their gender like they change fashion. So LGBT ull need to sick help to get ull Brian fixed!

  2. If gay and lesbianism is illegal in St. Luica why i it that these people are putting their things in our face so…..smh. As far as i’m concern gay and lesbianism is not human rights but rights to imoral behavior when it comes to sexual preference. They are in your face Infringing on the rights of everyone who does not have the same believe and practice as them, in the name of human rights. Go do your thing in your bedroom and don’t try to force it on me. You guys want to go into the church that believe in the bible, where it is written that Sodom and Gomorah were destroyed because of this sinful behavior, and dictate acceptance. What behavior is this, Is it not infringment of other rights. Go form your own church and teach what you want in it. So you have right and the person in the church that believe contrary to you’ll don’t have right?. Choops tan. You’ll should have really stayed in the closet, praying to God to deliver you from this curse. Romans 1 is very clear on this topic of gay and lesbianism that it is a curse, so it will do better to come out of this type of life style and come to christ.

    For one I have never heard of an ex blackman or whiteman or latino or Asian, but i have heard so many testimonies of person that were gay and have found Christ and are now straight. Why?Cause there was never a human right issue with them there was a moral issue and Jesus saved them. So you that gay person it’s not too late come to Jesus as you are and he will direct your path.

  3. “While this resolution does not go far enough to insist on full protection of LGBT citizens, our governments can take it upon themselves to be progressive and enact the necessary legislation. Our government has recognised and committed in international fora to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of all citizens.
    It is therefore unfortunate that our police force cannot identify or prosecute bias or hate crimes and the lack of legislation may serve as a barrier to providing full protection to those who are, or perceived to be, gay.”

    This let people think the St Lucia law is not enough. But it’s wrong. St Lucia law against criminals exist and is very clear. The criminal will be prosecuted, even up to capital punishment, for crime. It doesn’t matter the ethnicity, the race, the colour, the sex, the ideology or the religion of the person that was killed.

  4. Our Heaven Father destroyed the tween cities of sin, and any one that dose not obey the word of the lord, should be wipe our of the land. So, maybe united, but not strong, for with God, we are strong. With this abomination you are weak!

  5. We have buggery laws and they should work.And then we have to manny ignorant people,that seem to have only read one book in all their lives,You are straight,great I will call you normal.but dont talk and become an extremist and hate all the rest.Walking into a church dosent help or fix those that are not straight.When 60% of the priest are homosexuas,.At least read the Coran it will instruct you make you more human,dont become an extremist

  6. Daughter of Zion please have a good enema and cleans yourself of all the nonsence you carry in your brains.You never going to reach the sacred passage

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