THE TORMENTING MUST STOP: Barbadian Obligations to HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES

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IT’S NOT OK TO “TORMENT OTHERS”. And when we are children we show signs that we are crying to our parents to STOP ABUSING US. And as adults we find it in ourselves to CRY OUT even if it means we are embarrassed and ostracized as a result:

FASHION DESIGNER Azizi Olufemi, also known as “Passion”, says he is being terrorised by a group of teenagers because of his gay lifestyle. – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/66616/tormented-gay#sthash.Yj6RsBDE.dpuf

Speaking at a public outreach activity at Cave Shepherd’s, Broad Street, in the capital city, Bridgetown, on Nov. 25, 2009, the Minister said:

We realize there’s not only violence against women but also violence against men and then also those persons who are transgender are also subjected to serious violence.

Regardless of our personal views towards transgenders, it’s about respect for a person’s life. In preparing the legislation one thing we are aware of is that legislation cannot be gender-biased; that is a case for all the legislation the Ministry of Family is addressing.

It can no longer be gender-biased… The law has to protect all its citizens. If we’re amending legislation or drafting new legislation we have to take into consideration the nuances of the environment in which we live today. via  by

WE MUST HOLD PUBLIC SERVANTS ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR PUBLIC STATEMENTS AND ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC POLICIES THEY ARE PROMISING TO UPHOLD AREN’T BROKEN.

Speaking at a conference on HIV and Human Rights and HIV held at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies on September 13, 2010, Mr. Stuart said:

Freundel Stuart (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

[V]ery little attempt is made now, to consider that it might just be that practitioners of this lifestyle [homosexuality] were responding to the irresistible promptings of nature with the result that imputing fault to them satisfied no known definition of fairness.Further, that even if rather than responding to nature’s promptings, these practitioners were pursuing this lifestyle as a result of nurture, in which case they may have been exercising some measure of choice, the right to choose in these circumstances was protected by the Constitution as long as its exercise did not interfere with the rights of others.

The legacy of slavery is that men want to rule over others as if others are property and have no human rights. The legacy of slavery in Barbados is that YOU AIN’T FREE, not just in theory or legality but in the relationships you maintain to the COLONIAL INSTITUTIONS of old rather than embracing CHANGE. We are all, everywhere, becoming aware of the programming that is yet taking place to DUMB US DOWN and keep us under a “SPELL OF IGNORANCE (ignoring of facts)” that serves best the interest of others who seek to take advantage of us at the heart of our vulnerability: the common cry for freedom. It is when we become aware that we are always FREE that others create these illusions of POWER that we build our lives around and yet work like slaves to break through. THE MENTAL FUCKERY IS HEART BREAKING! No man can control another human being. As a community of humans, we have social contracts and laws that we impose to regulate behaviors but we must admit to ourselves that each human is the governor of their own mind and actions. The power of choice cannot be ignored. When our choices collide, we have created institutions such as family, religion, culture, community, government to intervene. The consequences become our histories. Always write your own.

Section 9 of the country’s Sexual Offences Act of 2002 provides a sentence of up to life imprisonment for anal intercourse (termed buggery).  Section 12 of the Act also includes a law against “serious indecency,” which appears to criminalize all forms of same-gender intimacy including lesbian love.

These laws were originally imposed during the period of British colonial rule.  Even though Barbados gained independence in 1966, like many Anglo-phone Caribbean territories, these colonial-era laws appear to be constitutionally entrenched and cannot be challenged in any local court in Barbados, despite their clear violation of the right to privacy. via  by

VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND TREATIES IS NOT OK!!! HOLD THE GOVERNMENT OF THE “WANT TO BE LIKE AMERICA” BARBADOS ACCOUNTABLE ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING:

It is important to note that Barbados is the only Commonwealth Caribbean country that recognizes the binding jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  In 2010, the Court ruled in the Karen Atala case that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was a violation of the American Convention on Human Rights.  By retaining the anti-sodomy and “serious indecency law” which disproportionately affect LGBT, Barbados is effectively in violation of its obligations under the American Convention.

The country is also party to a host of human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), whose treaty bodies have condemned discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. via  by

I posted before that my Bajan tormentor/abuser, Antonio “Boo” Rudder/fb name: Ras Rudder, and his brother have a nickname for his mother that mind you, she answers to:

“TORMS” short for “TORMENTOR”. HHHmmmmm…. The things you Bajans are suffering through and confused about is heartbreaking.

Suggestion: Direct some of your energy and resources into the MENTAL HEALTH of the children who have learned that BULLYING AND TORMENTING others who are different which is a form of DISCRIMINATION, narcissism, sadism, masochism and PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE is an acceptable practice just as much as there is concern about anal intercourse. Multi-task people!!!! #ProtectTheChildren #SayNoToISMS

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-Tru Focus-

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