Last update: 08-Dec-2013 4:55 am
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
You are here
UNAIDS book launch kindles controversy
A book launch sponsored by UNAIDS and the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) has been mired in controversy, the Inter Press Service has reported.
— AIDS-Free World (@AIDS_Free_World) October 21, 2013
The book, to be launched today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain, is titled “Legal and Policy Perspectives on HIV and Human Rights in the Caribbean.”
It is co-edited by Sir George Alleyne and Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine.
A press release issued Monday by U.S.-based NGO Aids-Free World, said the book will address the issue of high-risk groups, men who have sex with men in particular. The group said its legal adviser for marginalised groups, Maurice Tomlinson, had received an invitation to the launch. Tomlinson, a Jamaican LGBT and HIV activist, is gay.
"Neither Maurice nor any of his gay colleagues from outside Trinidad can attend. Why? Because the immigration law of Trinidad and Tobago explicitly prohibits the entry of homosexuals," the press release said.
“Holding the book launch in a country that bars entry to homosexuals is a direct contradiction of the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (that UNAIDS co-sponsored), and an equally direct contradiction of the executive director of UNAIDS, who has said time and again that UNAIDS has zero tolerance for discriminatory laws."
LGBT activist to sue T&T govt
In late 2012, Tomlinson was invited to make a presentation at a UN meeting in T&T but said he felt obliged to turn down the invitation as a matter of principle. He has since initiated a challenge to T&T’s Immigration Act before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Aids-Free World issued a statement in November 2012, expressing its support for Tomlinson’s challenge to T&T's laws.
On May 24, Tomlinson applied to the CCJ for permission to begin legal proceedings against the T&T government.
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff. Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Please help us keep out site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.