In the first decision of its kind, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the leading human rights organ in the Americas, has found Jamaica responsible for violating multiple rights of two LGBTI individuals, urging an immediate repeal of the country’s homophobic laws.
The Human Dignity Trust which brought the case before the Commission almost a decade ago in 2011, says it is a crucial and precedent-setting legal victory.
As the first ever decision of the Commission to find that laws criminalising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people violate international law, this is now the landmark LGBT human rights case for the Caribbean region.
The decision also broke new ground for all minorities characterising the right to equality and the right not to suffer discrimination as a ius cogens norm of international law.
Monica Feria-Tinta, advised the Human Dignity Trust in this ground-breaking case. Monica is a public international law specialist and a world expert in the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights.
The decision can be found here.