Thursday, December 20, 2012

"AIDS-Free World adds offensive Belize Immigration Law to the chopping block"

Press Release from AIDS-FREE WORLD (12/19/12):

Only two countries in the Western Hemisphere, Belize and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, arbitrarily ban the entry of homosexuals as a "prohibited class." AIDS-Free World is working to bring that to an end.


Repealing that law, and section 5 of the Belize Immigration Act, will also liberate other marginalized groups. Among the other classes of persons prohibited from entering Belize are the mentally challenged (described as "any idiot or any person who is insane or mentally deficient…") and the physically disabled (described as "deaf and dumb or deaf and blind, or dumb and blind,..."). It is noteworthy that in 2011, Belize signed and quickly ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Bold emphasis added.)

Click here to read the entire release.

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