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Monday, 07 November 2011 18:21

UN Urged Jamaica To Protect LGBT People

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United Nations Human Rights Committee asks Jamaica to protect LGBT people under the law.

It, in particular, recommends that the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms be reviewed to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and provide an update in one year.

Thus, in a statement, the Committee highly urged that Jamaica "send a clear message that it does not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination or violence against persons for their sexual orientation, and should ensure that individuals, who incite violence against homosexuals, are investigated, prosecuted and properly sanctioned."

According to Dane Lewis, J-FLAG’s Executive Director (Jamaican LGBT organization), "this is unprecedented and sends a strong message that the continued abuse perpetrated against persons because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and the impunity for those carrying out such abuse is an urgent matter that must be addressed by our parliament."

J-FLAG "invites the government to dialogue and to work to develop possible actions to protect and promote the rights of all Jamaicans."

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