Caricom defers approval of anti-discrimination report

Published: July 6, 2014

PANCAP presented regional leaders with a declaration entitled: Getting to Zero Discrimination Through Justice For All as part of efforts for the elimination of HIV-related stigma and discrimination. 

In a statement today, St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas said based on deliberations, regional governments are not yet in a position to advance the document in the form that it was presented. 

And he says it must not to be interpreted as support for gay rights and same-sex marriage going into the future. He says at a later stage, heads of governments will have a second look at the document. 

Dr. Douglas has responsibility in CARICOM for Human Resource Development, Health and HIV and AIDS. 

One hundred and forty organisations had written to the CARICOM secretary general about PANCAP’s document, calling for transparency and expressing opposition to some of the recommendations. 

The groups said they are opposed to the repealing of any law which protects the structure of the family and marriage between one man and one woman. 

The St Kitts-Nevis leader has said many people may have taken the declaration out of context. He says issues such as same sex marriage have never come up in the discussions with regional leaders. 

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