Today, same-gender intimacy is criminalized in 11 of the 12 Commonwealth countries of the Caribbean under laws introduced by British colonialism. Join us for this panel of Caribbean leaders who are working to advance LGBT rights in the Caribbean. The panelists will discuss the work and history of LGBT activism in Jamaica and Belize as well as current litigation to advance LGBT rights including the following cases:
· Inter-American Commission on Human Rights A.B., S.H. v Jamaica P-1249-11
· Javed Jaghai v Attorney General of Jamaica 2013 HCV 00650
· Tomlinson v TVJ, CVM and Another 2012 HCV 05676
· Maurice Tomlinson v Belize AND Maurice Tomlinson v the State of Trinidad and Tobago CCJ Application Nos. OA1 & OA2 of 20130. Caribbean Court of Justice
· Caleb Orozco v. The Attorney General of Belize
· Quincy McEwan et al vs. Attorney General of Guyana (Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination) (see here for more on this case)
Maurice Tomlinson will speak about legal cases in Jamaica, Belize, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago as well as the influence of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in human rights jurisprudence across the region. Tomlinson is Legal Advisor, Marginalized Groups, for AIDS-Free World and a Lecturer at University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Caleb Orozco will speak about the constitutional challenge to the Criminal Code of Belize, which criminalizes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” in which he is the litigant. As well, he will speak about the obstacles and strategies for LGBT human rights in Belize. Orozco is the Executive Director of United Belize Advocacy Movement, an LGBT rights organization in Belize.
Brian-Paul Welsh will speak on the history of Jamaican LGBT activism from the 1970’s to the present. He will discuss the formation and evolution of the Jamaican LGBT group J-FLAG. Welsh is a law student and Advocacy Coordinator with J-FLAG and CariFLAGS, leading LGBT organizations in the Caribbean.
Nancy Nicol is the Principal Investigator of the research project Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights. She will discuss the research and participatory videos currently in progress with LGBT partner organizations in the Caribbean. Nicol is Associate Professor in Visual Arts at York University.
Excerpts from participatory video projects by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights Caribbean partners will also be shown.
Sponsored by: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Sexuality Studies Program, York University; The Centre for Feminist Research, York University; OUTlaws, OHLS; Osgoode Feminist Collective; Black Law Students Association, OHLS.
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