Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 10th 2018 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Executive Director of the Coalition
Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual
Orientation Colin Robinson fears that
Thursday's ruling by the High Court
of a case iled LGBTQI rights activist
Jason Jones challenging this country's
buggery laws could lead to a back-
lash or embolden people to discrim-
inate against LGBTQI rights advocacy
Robinson made the statement yes-
terday, as a coalition of LGBTQI and
feminists NGOs, under the umbrella
body Alliance for Justice and Diver-
sity, converged outside Parliament to
protest, as he called on the nation to
"share the nation and show love and
inclusion to one another" and that we
should turn our attention from peo-
ple's bedroom and deal with more
pressing matters affecting the coun-
Among those who attended the
small protest was Fixin T&T head Kirk
Waithe, communications of icer at
the Of ice of the President Cheryl Ann
Lala and columnist Shiela Rampersad.
Wearing jerseys with the words em-
blazoned "We take Pride in our Lib-
erty" Robinson said it was time that
we do away with the hate, rhetoric
and fear-mongering, as he called on
Parliamentarians to protect them.
The small gathering follows last Fri-
day's protest outside Parliament by
T&T Cause---a coalition of evangelical
churches of the possibility that the
High Court may rule against the con-
stitutionality of buggery law.
Justice Devindra Rampersad is set
to give a ruling on Thursday on Jones'
challenge that TT's buggery laws are
discriminatory and therefore uncon-
Jones who lives in the United King-
dom, but frequents T&T, said he did
not enjoy the same rights as hetero-
sexual people because of Section 13
and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act.
Robinson said they were fearful that
any kind of judgment may make their
lives challenging in the short-term
"because there may be a backlash"
or embolden people to discriminate
T&T Cause stated that no matter
what the court's decision, the popula-
tion wants the buggery laws kept.
He said if should Jones won the mat-
ter it would send a message to poli-
ticians that "they can't hide behind
criminalisation anymore and they ac-
tually have to create policies and pro-
grammes that will address a segment
of the population that is vulnerable."
Robinson called on the Evangelical
Association to release full details of a
national poll on "same-sex attraction"
conducted by pollster Nigel Henry.
Diana Mahabir-Wyatt president
of the Caribbean Centre for Human
Rights who also joined the gathering
said there was a need for diversity in
T&T and the acceptance that we are
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Point man held
A Point Fortin man who was held with a baby
monkey, without the necessary permit, was yes-
terday reprimanded and discharged.
Akiem John, 27, appeared in the Siparia Magis-
trates Court charged with being in possession of a
protected animal without a permit.
He pleaded guilty. The four-month-old Capu-
chin monkey was also produced in the court.
Game wardens Visham Madhu and Andy Singh
along with of icers of the South Western Task
Force intercepted a car around 11 am on April 6,
along the SS Erin Road, Santa Flora.
John, who was an occupant, was arrested after
police found the monkey in a cardboard box in
John and the monkey were taken to the Santa
Flora Police Station where he was charged. John
told First Court Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert
he was going to sell the monkey.
Prosecutor Sgt Starr Jacob con irmed that John
had no previous criminal matters in court. Starr
recommended that the monkey be handed over
to the relevant authorities. Since it was John's
irst offence, the magistrate reprimanded and
discharged him. This means no conviction will be
recorded against him.
Alert also ordered that the monkey be placed
in the custody of the Conservator of Forests for
LBGT activist Mizz Jinniam during yesterday's demonstration calling on the Government to
repeal certain sections of the Sexual Offences Act, outside the Parliament building in Port-
Communications officer at the Office of the President Cheryl Ann Lala during yesterday's
PICTURES ABRAHAM DIAZ
The baby monkey which was seized by game wardens.
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