Archive for November 15th, 2010

November 15, 2010

A Jamaican surprise…

The Jamaica Observer  has published a column by Sir. Ronald Sanders calling for an end to discrimination in the Caribbean against blacks and gays. The first one is a no-brainer but in the Caribbean , and especially in Jamaica which Time Magazine described in 2006 as The Most Homophobic Place on Earth, even having the column published is astounding. I am not sure if it being published is a sign that Jamaican society is becoming less bigoted or if it is simply a sign that the writer and the paper are fearlessly showing what a free press is all about. Looking over some of the comments on the article and perusing a few dancehall lyrics I suspect the answer is the latter.

Sir Ronald Sanders is a former Caribbean diplomat.

“MICHAEL Kirby, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, drew a recent report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to my attention.

It confirms what Caribbean countries had always heard about the way people of African descent are treated in some Latin American and Caribbean countries, and it also highlights the legal intolerance and criminalisation of homosexuals and lesbians in the countries of the English-speaking Caribbean because of their sexual preferences.


According to the report, during its 140th period of sessions from October 20 to November 5, 2010, the commission held 52 hearings and 28 working meetings and concluded that “structural human rights problems still persist in the region”. These include the situation involving people of African descent, women, persons deprived of liberty, and the “gay” community.”

Read the rest in the Observer here.


November 15, 2010

On a lighter note again…


Apropos to nothing except amusement. I love their comment:  This is the reason parents are scared when you utter the words “Mum, there’s something I’ve got to tell you”