Gay day at the CCJ: Round 2, Day 1

Check back later for our blog on more details on today’s hearing of the CARICOM treaty challenges to the immigration laws of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago held at the Caribbean Court of Justice all day today. Three witnesses, the applicant Maurice Tomlinson and the acting immigration directors of both countries were cross-examined. Then Tomlinson’s lawyer, Trinidad & Tobago Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, was grilled by the judges for almost three hours. Belize solicitor general Nigel Hawke concluded his statement and the court adjourned to tomorrow at 9am T&T time, when Trinidad & Tobago will present their case and CARICOM will also make arguments.

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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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