Gay Man Challenges Gay Sex Ban in Dominica

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A gay man in Dominica, an island in the Carribean, filed a legal claim challenging laws that punish gay sex with prison and psychiatric confinement.

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network told the Thomson Reuters Foundation the man is trying to prove that the law violates Dominican people's constitutional right to privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom from degrading or inhumane punishment. Gay people are considered criminals in Dominica, and when the man who filed the lawsuit faced violence, police didn’t step in.

"He has suffered extreme abuses ... including being attacked in his own home, and the police did nothing about it," Morice Tomlinson, senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network told the Reuters.

Gay sex is currently punishable with up to 12 years in prison in Dominica.


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