MiriDom Sends Letter to UN to decriminalize Buggery Laws

miridom-300x142Local minority group MiriDom, in conjunction with the Sexual Rights Initiative, has written to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights, to abolish buggery laws in Dominica.

Daryl Phillip, Coordinator of MiriDom, speaking on behalf of the organization, said no laws or constitution should be allowed to discriminate against someone.

“MiriDom feels no law or constitution should be allowed to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation,” the organization said. “The anti sodomy laws of Dominica are discriminatory towards the sexual expressions of consenting adults, therefore we feel they should be repealed.”

According to Phillip, these laws “fuel stigma and discrimination towards a minority in our society.”

Every four years, individuals or organisations of UN member countries have the opportunity to present a report on any aspect of human right violations that concern them.

The report is then given a hearing by the UN Ambassadors who may question the relevant country’s Ambassadors.

Dominica’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vince Henderson, is expected to make a presentation on Dominica’s position as it relates to the rights of gays and lesbians on the island at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2014 to be held in Geneva on May 1.

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