Uncategorized — 17 March 2015 — by Adele Ramos
CCJ commences hearing LGBT challenge to Belize and Trinidad

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 16, 2015–The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has set aside the next two days, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, to hear the case of LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson against the states of Belize and Trinidad, in a challenge to the immigration laws of both countries, which Tomlinson claims violate his right to hassle-free movement across CARICOM, under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), which establishes the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

The CCJ says that it will hear submissions in the matters of JAOJ2013/001 Maurice Tomlinson v Belize and JAOJ2013/002 Maurice Tomlinson v Trinidad and Tobago, which had been consolidated into one by a CCJ order dating back to 2013.

The hearing opens at 10:00 a.m. Trinidad time (8:00 a.m. Belize time) at courtroom 1 at the CCJ in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

According to a summary provided by the CCJ, “[Tomlinson’s] application challenges the provisions of the Immigration Acts of the two states, which he states prohibit the entry of homosexuals into the jurisdictions. Mr. Tomlinson, who is homosexual, claimed that these provisions violate his right to free movement under the RTC.”

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