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Jamaican gay man drops court challenge against anti-buggery law

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 4:42 PM

A Jamaican gay man has dropped his court case challenging the anti-buggery law because of what he says are fears for his safety.

Javed Jaghai, who had brought the case to the Supreme Court, had argued that the anti-sodomy laws violated his and constitutional rights and those of other people too.

But he says he dropped the case because of personal threats, the burden that the litigation was putting on his family, and continuing incidents of violence against Jamaica’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, the LGBT community

According to Jaghai, he’s no longer willing to gamble his life or those of his family.

J-FLAG, which had brought the claim alongside Jaghai, says it understands the situation and fully supports his decision.

Both J-FLAG and Jaghai say they hope that in the aftermath there will be an opportunity to engage in a series of consultations with the government and other stakeholders, geared at sensitising Jamaicans about the LGBT community.

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