Magazine article New Internationalist

See You in Court

Magazine article New Internationalist

See You in Court

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Several pending court cases in the Caribbean could have positive repercussions for LGBTI rights in the region. Same-sex relations between adults are criminalized in 11 Caribbean nations, one of the legacies of British colonial rule.

In Belize, Caleb Orozco has been waiting over two years for a verdict in his legal challenge to the country's sodomy law - Section 53 of the Criminal Code - which carries the threat of 10 years in prison and, he argues, violates his constitutional rights.

Orozco co-founded the United Belize Advocacy Movement, the country's oldest LGBTI advocacy organization, in 2006. The court case has heightened his notoriety. 'For this work I've had my car damaged, my teeth knocked out, lots of threats,' says Orozco. 'People like me don't live very long.'

Meanwhile, Jamaican lawyer and activist Maurice Tomlinson is challenging his home country's sodomy laws. …

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