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Trinidad and Tobago Decriminalizes LGBTQI Sexuality

April 13, 2018


The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago delivered a verdict today striking down the old buggery law that criminalized homosexuality. ​Justice Devindra Rampersad will deliver his final ruling in three months and the Island LGBTQI communities celebrate:

In March 2017, Jason Jones, an LGBT activist, took the government of Trinidad and Tobago to court, filing a lawsuit to strike down the so-called “buggery law”, which dates from ... In 1986, its parliament rewrote the act, doubling the maximum penalty for sodomy between adults to 10 years' imprisonment.

 

Melanie Nathan, African HRC: "There is always hope. Ultimately fairness and what is right always prevails when challenging injustice. Change can happen. Sexuality should never be criminalized. The right to one's innate sexuality is a fundamental human right."

 

Trinidad and Tobago, island country of the southeastern West Indies. It consists of two main islands—Trinidad and Tobago—and several smaller islands. Forming the two southernmost links in the Caribbean chain, Trinidad and Tobago lie close to the continent of South America.

 

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