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TRINIDAD | Buggery Law Unconstitutional says High Court

Featured Members of the LGBT community march in front of the Parliament building, Tower D International Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road , Port of Spain, Trinidad  on Monday. Members of the LGBT community march in front of the Parliament building, Tower D International Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road , Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, April 12, 2018 - The Trinidad and Tobago High Court today ruled that certain sections of the Sexual Offences Act are unconstitutional and null and void as the law goes against the basic rights of any citizen to enjoy the freedom of privacy and family life.

The judgement was delivered this morning by High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad to a packed courtroom at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.

Judge Rampersad said it was unfortunate when society, in any way, values a person or gives a person their identity based on their race, colour, gender, age or sexual orientation, and to deny a perceived minority their right to humanity and human dignity would be to continue the type of thinking experienced in apartheid South Africa and the holocaust in Germany.

Trinidad Gay rights activist Jason Jones, had challenged the constitutionality of the criminalisation of same-sex provisions contained in local laws in 2017.

Justice Devindra Rampersad ruled in favour of Trinidad-born gay rights activist Jason Jones, who filed a constitutional motion challenging Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which makes buggery and serious indecency illegal even between two consenting adults.

Although the judge found that the laws were irrational and illegal, it remains on the statute books, pending a future hearing in July on the way forward, that is, whether the court could modify or strike out the laws in its entirety. Attorneys for both Jones and the Office of the Attorney General are to file written submissions on the issue prior to the hearing date.

The court case has posed the Trinidad LGBTQI community against the Christian and Muslim communities who maintain that "No one can legislate against the law of God."

 

Last modified onThursday, 12 April 2018 15:13
  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago

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