These countries claim to be anti-colonial but are clinging to their colonial past. Maybe they don’t know any better?
Stupid…just afraid of education…they wouldn’t want to know what’s really right…that wouldn’t do…takes less effort too.
Surely, as membership of the Commonwealth of Nations requires acceptance of basic human rights, both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago should be suspended from the Commonwealth until they recognise these rights
Yes, they should be, but they won’t be. Besides, Trinidad is oil/gas rich, so we won’t be putting human rights ahead of oil/gas supplies I suspect :(
The UK doesn’t just get to dictate. The countries in the Commonwealth have to decide by vote, and the organisation’s strongest voting bloc are African countries. Not exactly famous for their pro-equality policies towards us either.
Trinidad and Tobago will not suffer any sanction from that direction. More’s the pity.
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago … sounds like Uganda.
But Jamaica, for example, just passed “Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act 2011,” which is like our Human Rights Act, and Jamaica has been a signatory to many international agreements on human rights —– but they have frequently abuse the rights of its own citizens and judicial process, and in terms of gay rights is about 100 years behind us — and there is no guarantee how fast, if at all, they move forward to give everybody equal rights, and protect those who are discriminated again.
It’s a backward culture and country and not one I would ever think about visting, although I did date a guy from Jamica for about 2 years, and he has a plot of land there. Given a choice between staying here and moving back there, I suspect he’ll chose here.
So, next time the England cricket team tours the West Indies, and there’s a match scheduled to take place in Trinidad & Tobago, do they pick Steven Davies the out Surrey wicketkeeper? Of course they will. The question is: what will the authorities do? Take the opportunity to change the law?
As a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, I can state the country is set in the belief that homosexuals should not be awarded basic human rights, This is a point of view that I strongly contest. There are large factions within the society that are strongly religious and use the same religious zeal to prosecute others who do not conform, however there is a strong LGBT movement in the country with many individuals who are tolerant and in support of homosexual individuals. The constitution needs to be amended for sure but one cannot colour the entire country in the same shade of ignorance instead see those who are in support of the rainbow. Someone like me.