Since the first one passed in 2008, a resolution on these issues had become an annual ritual in which every Caribbean state would join at the General Assembly of the 35-member intergovernmental body that helped pioneer the idea of international human rights. The InterAmerican human rights system also has some of the strongest protections of any regional human rights framework for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, including a special unit of the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, overseen by Jamaican Commissioner and First Vice Chair Tracy Robinson.
“Caribbean governments are totally willing to talk about human rights, they want to give a good show on the issue, but they repeatedly prove unreliable in giving any teeth to those ‘commitments’”, said Colin Robinson, Secretary of the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS), a 16-year-old indigenous LGBTI network which has recently set up offices in Castries, Kingston, Port of Spain and Santo Domingo. “The creation of Caribbean societies was founded on the persistent violation of human rights”, he said. “Postcolonially, Caribbean nations ought to be among the most visionary and eager champions of human rights. But when it comes to letting our people be free to enjoy their bodies with dignity, we’re clinging to pre-Emancipation practices, and proud to remain at the bottom of the class in the Americas.” FULL REPORT HERE
Cooperation in Domestic Implementation of Commitments Undertaken in OAS SOGI Resolutions
BEFORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE OAS.
- Sign, ratify and implement the Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination andIntolerance, as well as the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance.
- Adopt legislation and policies in line with the commitments made in the resolutions "HumanRights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" adopted by previous General Assemblies.
- Create or strengthen Human Rights Institutions and implement educational programs thatdevelop a culture of human rights and pluralistic society.
- Take measures to ensure access to justice and guarantee due process of the persons without discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Adopt comprehensive and specific health strategies for LGBTI persons, with a particularemphasis on the different needs of trans persons.
- Review their legislative frameworks by repealing laws that criminalize sex between people of the same sex.
- Adopt laws that recognize the gender identity of trans persons.
- Promote direct participation of LGBTI persons and civil society groups in dialogues, consultations, policy design and planning at national and local levels.
- Adopt the Inter-American human rights instruments.
OAS General Assembly Resolution AG/RES. 2807 (XLIII-O/13): Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity and Expression (Adopted at the fourth plenary session, June 6, 2013):http://scm.oas.org/ag/documentos/Documentos/AG06190E05.doc
InterAmerican Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance:http://scm.oas.org/ag/documentos/Documentos/AG06187E04.doc
CariFLAGS engages Sec. Gen. Insulza (Zenita Nicholson 01;54:04 to 01:36:04; Colin Robinson 02:42:36 to 02:44:05): HERE