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Dec 30, 2019

UNIBAM Exec. Dir. Says ‘Sex’ Does Include ‘Sexual Orientation’

Caleb Orozco

According to Orozco, Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code is a law which discriminates on the basis of sex and is void to that extent. He says that the ruling shows the strength of strategic approaches to communication and community mobilization used across the Caribbean.


Caleb Orozco, Executive Director, UNIBAM

“In the decision in 2016, the sky did not fall on the population that opposes us. Once the population realized that the sky would not fall then there is no need of any addition reaction and that is proof of that has happened today. Separately, the litigation opens up a conversation to everybody as citizens. As citizens we are in the frontline in defending the democratic institutions that we create to uphold the human right of every citizen and it begs the questions to what extent are our civil concerns as citizens are to be taken away by the state without a challenge. What I have proven is whether you are a sex worker, LGBT, marginalized women, persons with diverse ability, a person experiencing domestic violence you have the ability to take an issue to court and get redress. But what is clear in this process that even in this decision I am quite clear that the Attorney General office will not get up an automatically start revising laws of this decision.”

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