Letter for Jamaica Boycott


Styron_letter_copyL.jpgMarch 20, 2008


Ms. Anne-Marie Bonner
Consul General
Consulate General of Jamaica
303 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1L3

Dear Ms. Bonner,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for meeting with us.

As a follow-up, we have listed our concerns and issues below for your
reference and look forward to your response.

- Government Public Service announcement denouncing homophobic/transphobic violence in Jamaica.

- National homophobia/transphobia Education campaign.

- Repealing the Buggery Laws and other legislation that further
stigmatize, discriminate and criminalize consensual same sex acts.

- Public education campaign to sensitize the Jamaican Constabulary
around dealing with the victims of violence around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Jamaica.

- Government policy to protect human rights and the inclusion of
sexual orientation as a ground for non-discrimination in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

- A focus at the Canada-CARICOM 2008 Summit to include human rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and trans-identified people.

Moving Forward
- Canadian tourism boycott to Jamaica.

- Boycott goods and services from Jamaica

- International call for LGBT community to support boycotts

- Suspension of Jamaica from the Commonwealth for human rights abuses.

- Official Response from Jamaican Government by May 12

- Public Announcement for boycott on International Day Against Homophobia May 17

Sincerely Yours,
Helen Kennedy, Egale Canada
Rev. Brent Hawkes, MCC Toronto
Akim Adé Larcher, Egale Canada