Gareth Henry, former co-chair and lead advocate of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) speaks at  a workshop at the ILGA World Conference. This workshop explored the role played by litigation in bringing about the de-criminalisation of homosexuality. By focusing on the current case against Jamaica before the Inter-American Commission, Gareth Henry, one of the applicants in the case  explore the prospects, possibilities and pitfalls of strategic litigation. Gareth, now lives in Canada, where he was forced to claim asylum.

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Jamaica criminalises same-sex sexual activity between men. Sentences include a maximum penalty of ten years’ imprisonment with hard labour.

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