UN envoy hails “significant human rights landmark” of Section 53 decision
Posted: Saturday August 20, 2016. 7:05 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Dr Edward Greene, United Nations (UN) secretary-general’s special envoy for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean, has congratulated Belize following the Section 53 decision on August 10, calling it a significant human rights landmark.
“This decision … is as important as the judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in taking the understanding and application of human rights to a level that recognises the inalienable rights, dignity and respect for all regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation,” Greene said.
The UN special envoy indicated that it was his hope that “CARICOM governments would use this occasion as an opportunity to revisit the PANCAP Justice for All road map which has been the subject of discussion and debate by a wide cross-section of stakeholders throughout the region”.
The National Evangelical Association of Belize and the Roman Catholic Church had urged the government to appeal the decision for a number of reasons.
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