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In response to the Supreme Court of Belize finding the country’s colonial-era sodomy law unconstitutional, Freedom House released the following statement:

Program Officer for Human Rights Initiatives

The most egregious violators of LGBTI people’s human rights are authoritarian states, but even some democracies remain hostile environments for their gay and transgender citizens.

This week, the Supreme Court of Belize will hear arguments challenging a constitutional provision which criminalizes homosexuality.  Freedom House joins Mr. Caleb Orozco, his colleagues from the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), and the LGBTI community in Belize in urging the court to strike down section 53 of the constitution, which carries a ten-year prison sentence for those convicted of engaging in homosexual behavior.  This law robs LGBTI people of their fundamental human rights and relegates them to second class citizens.

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