On World AIDS Day 2009, sexual minorities are still criminals in the Caribbean

Published: December 1, 2009

On World AIDS Day 2009, sexual minorities are still criminals in the Caribbean

Today, on World AIDS Day 2009, a gay man in Barbados could still be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of homosexual acts. In Jamaica, he could be sentenced to ten years hard labour, considerably less than the twenty five year prison sentence prescribed in Trinidad & Tobago. Indeed, all independent Caribbean states with the exception of the Bahamas and Cuba have criminalized homosexuality to some degree, often with penalties harsher than those which exist in Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

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