The International Planned Parenthood Federation regional office for the Americas and The Caribbean celebrates this huge win for LGBTQ+ rights in the Caribbean. We stand with our allies - especially SKNAFE and ECADE, in strong solidarity with the ongoing fight for decriminalization in other Caribbean countries and advocate through our Member Associations for much-needed access to healthcare services free from stigma and discrimination.
In a statement released yesterday Executive Director of ECADE, Kenita Placide said of the ruling, “[Of] the seven Caribbean and 34 Commonwealth countries that criminalised same sex intimacy, this is the second to strike down these discriminatory laws in 2022. Our strategy has been multilayered; working with activists on the ground, our colleagues, friends, allies and family. This win is part of the transformative journey to full recognition of LGBTQ persons across the OECS. It is a definitive yes to change, yes to privacy, yes to freedom of expression, and we are happy to be part of this historic moment.”
Today Saint Kitts and Nevis Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court ruled that sections 56 and 57 of the Offences Against the Person Act were unconstitutional. This has made Saint Kitts and Nevis the second Caribbean territory this year to decriminalize same-sex intimacy after a similar ruling in Antigua and Barbuda.
Looking to the decriminalization cases which have been launched in St. Vincent & Grenadines, Jamaica, Barbados, and Dominica, IPPF strongly urges these states - and others around the region to do their part and protect the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens.
We expect and look forward to more courts standing in defense of their citizen's human rights and dignity.