Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister and new Commonwealth Chair Patrick Manning on human rights, GLBT genocide

It “really forms no part of the agendait need
not detain us.” It is “a matter of domestic
individual countries, people have
their own positions on these matters”.

“Can I just add something Prime Minister. I’d just like to add…One point is clear as far as the Commonwealth is concerned – Secretariat. Respect for human rights is a core Commonwealth feature…”

Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General


“It’s a great pity that the leader of a country with a good record on human rights would miss the opportunity to show real leadership. As the new chairman of the Commonwealth, he has failed an early test. It is not only disappointing but against all Commonwealth principles. He is dismissing the cries of ordinary citizens who are asking their leaders for basic human rights.”

Maja Daruwala, executive director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative


“The prime minister of Canada came to see me, and what was he talking about? Gays. Prime Minister Gordon Brown came to see me, and what was he talking about? Gays. Mrs. Clinton rang me. What was she talking about? Gays.”

Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda

“As a social movement, the gay community changed AIDS
from simply another disease to an issue of justice, dignity,
security, and human rights. In my view, any attack on
homosexuality is an attack on the all aspects of the AIDS
response and a set-back to reaching universal access goals.”

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director
World AIDS Day 2009

UNAIDS calls on governments to refrain from passing criminal laws that fuel
discrimination, prevent effective national responses to HIV and violate human rights

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CAISO Sex and Gender Justice

In late June 2009, on the eve of the fifteenth anuual celebration of Pride in Trinidad & Tobago, the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs gave our community a big fat slap: We are not dealing with any issues relating to same-sex unions, homosexuality or sexual orientation in the National Gender Policy and Action Plan, she told the media. Two days later, a range of groups and leaders in Trinidad & Tobago had come together to form the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation, to foster a forward-thinking, visionary and humane approach to sexual orientation and gender identity and full citizenship in our proud nation, one consistent with the title of our national development plan, "Vision 20/20".

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