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T&T and CARICOM to make submission in Maurice Tomlinson immigration case

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Lawyers representing the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and CARICOM are to make submissions today as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) continues to hear an application brought by Jamaican gay rights advocate, Maurice Tomlinson.

The matter is being heard via video link at the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston.

Tomlinson is challenging the immigration laws of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.

He is contending that the sections of the laws which prohibit the entry of homosexuals are a breach of his right as a CARICOM national to freedom of movement and his right not to be discriminated against on the basis of his nationality under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

The attorney, who admits to being a homosexual, wants the CCJ to grant several declarations including ordering Trinidad and Belize to amend their laws.

Yesterday, the judges heard legal arguments from lawyers representing Tomlinson and the Government of Belize.

The court also heard testimony from immigration officials from Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.