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Defend Jamaica's name from pro-gay bigots

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is with a deep sense of sadness that I observe the unwillingness of the Jamaican Government to defend our strong human rights record. Jamaica is seemingly being targeted by powerful Western nations and the United Nations while our Government does nothing to protect our good name. Could this unwillingness to speak up be linked to our

fragile economic state?

The killing of any individual is a tragic event, but when local human-rights groups use the tragedy to falsely accuse our beloved country of hate crimes and systematic abuse of members of the gay community, this is dishonest and wrong. If we are going to debate issues being termed human rights, it should be done honestly and fearlessly.

The former assistant commissioner of police, Les Green (Scotland Yard), is on record as saying; "I think Jamaica is far more tolerant than the public hype. There are many homosexuals who live and work freely in Jamaica. All of those murders that I have investigated have been in relationships and are victims of gay attacks, domestic situations."

The former assistant commissioner also said that of all the murders of gay men that he had investigated, only one was not committed by a member of the gay community. The exception was linked to robbery and could not be classified as a hate crime. Yet we have persons who want to link the buggery law with violence against the gay community, as this narrative suits those with hidden agendas.

In the Middle East, members of the gay community are being beaten, locked up and killed, yet we hear of no overt attempt to campaign against laws in countries such as Saudi Arabia. It seems as if the power of oil is more than that of human rights!

The Jamaican Government must stand up against this unwarranted attack on the country's good name. The Government is being also reminded that as it engages in secret talks on human rights with various overseas groups that Jamaicans are preparing for a very public event in 2016 and its outcome may well be dependent on this issue.

MARSHA THOMAS

marshburns@hotmail.com