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Exploring civil society perspectives on the human rights situation of LGBT+ people in the Caribbean community

Chaney, Paul 2021. Exploring civil society perspectives on the human rights situation of LGBT+ people in the Caribbean community. Journal of Civil Society
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Abstract

This study is the first pan-regional analysis of civil society organisations’ perspectives on the human rights situation of LGBT+ people in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. Paradoxically, whilst UN treaties extend anti-discrimination rights to LGBT+ people in most member countries, simultaneously, colonial-era legislation makes intimate same sex relations unlawful. Analysis of the corpus of civil society organisations’ (CSO) submissions to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR), reveals how governments’ failure to reform the law is often based on public opposition grounded in religious conservatism. Moreover, the endurance of anti-LGBT+ colonial era legislation is shown to underpin a raft of rights pathologies and reinforce prejudice and negative social attitudes. The principal rights breaches stem from systemic institutional discrimination, and include violence, hate crimes and harassment; police malpractice and denial of justice; as well as failings in healthcare and social protection. Analysis of framing in the civil society UPR corpus reveals the personal impacts of on LGBT+ people, including criminalisation, victimisation, stigma, fear and lack of self-worth.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1744-8697
Funders: Award No. ES/S012435/1 from the Economic and Social Research Council and Award No. GCRFNG100259 from the Academy of Medical Sciences/ Global Challenges Research Fund
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 February 2022
Date of Acceptance: 1 December 2021
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 12:47
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/145864

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