One of the first organisations in Jamaica formed solely to tackle discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation, has invited all Jamaicans to celebrate the international Day for Tolerance.

The Day for Tolerance has been designated for 16 November since 1996. The National Anti-Discrimination Alliance (NADA), called on all Jamaicans to be tolerant and accepting in celebration of the day.

The group said in a statement: “In recognition of this we will use today’s celebrations to subdue manifestations of hate and intolerance, and violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief that continue to endanger stability and threaten Jamaican Citizens.

“We believe that tolerance and non-violence are but two of the tools used to promote the celebration of human rights among all people, of all nations. As such we invite you to join us, today as we renew our pledge of continued effort towards building an inclusive future for all people regardless of their health status, physical or mental ability, actual or perceived sexual orientation and age.”

At the initiative of UNESCO, 1995 was declared the United Nations Year for Tolerance, and it saw the launch of a world-wide campaign for tolerance and non-violence. The International Day for Tolerance grew out of the momentum of that Year.

As an organisation born of Jamaican principles and ideals, NADA aims to hold true to Jamaica’s motto; Out of many, one people.