The tooth about UNIBAM founder’s beating now a UN matter?
From our research, it appears to be the first such case on human rights; but the beating of Caleb Orozco, the president of UNIBAM, has been elevated to the United Nations. The UN Special Rapporteurs on the promotion and protection on freedom of expression and on the situation of human rights defenders have both written to the government seeking answers on the incident. Orozco was allegedly attacked on George Street on February eighth. At the time it was reported that he was threatened by men shouting anti-gay remarks and that one of them threw a beer bottle at him. The bottle hit him in the face and he suffered a broken tooth. In the four-page document dated February twenty-ninth, the UN’s Human Rights Council is expressing concern that the alleged attack may be related to Orozco’s work in advocating for LGBTI rights. Specifically, the government is asked to respond to five issues; to verify the allegations by Orozco, if a complaint has been lodged, the details of the investigation and prosecution and what measures government is putting in place for the protection of the integrity of the UNIBAM president. That information will then form a report to the Human Rights Council. As, we said we have not been able to find any other such complaint on human rights to the UN, that has required the government to respond.