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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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President Obama's visit to Jamaica presented a good opportunity for him to discuss Jamaica's human rights record, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, during bilateral talks with the prime minister. When gay-rights…
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In 2006, Time named Jamaica the most homophobic country on earth. Whether that report was accurate or not, violence against LGBT people in Jamaica today is rampant. Police, schools, and hospitals discriminate against LGBT people in Jamaica. But attitudes…
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For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and liberation. We find fragments of our collective histories in court records…
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In a recent (Monday, May 22) column in this newspaper, deputy solicitor general, Stephen Vasciannie, suggested that Jamaica has no legal obligation to repeal its sodomy laws because no international treaty explicitly recognises a right to homosexual sex,…
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Published in The Observer "Boom bye bye in batty boy head   Rude boy no promote no nasty man, dem haffi dead."     I first heard the lyrics of "Boom Bye Bye," a popular Jamaican dancehall song about killing gay men, in Kingston on June 9, outside the…