Calls for region to repeal anti-gay laws

Published: November 2, 2010

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Officials attending the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Pan Caribbean Partnerships Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) here have renewed calls for the removal of anti-gay laws in the Caribbean.

The outgoing Chairman of PANCAP, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas, said that the region could continue to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic by making a renewed commitment to revisit the discriminatory laws.

Dr Douglas said leaders have used the meeting to contemplate “how we are going to bring back onto the table, though it has serious political overtones, how are we going to reemphasize the need for a revisiting of the laws that have been established in our countries for so many years that continue to discriminate against people who are living with HIV/AIDS and who have been affected as a result of HIV/AIDS”.

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