Landmark gay rights case will challenge homophobic laws in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize The battle of “Gay Rights” has now come to the Caribbean! According to report by the Independent, A gay rights activist will challenge the governments of two Caribbean nations to overturn a law that prevents gay people from entering their countries. The current immigration laws in Trinidad & Tobago and Belize bar “undesirable” persons from entering – a list that includes homosexuals, prostitutes and other marginalised groups. In both countries same-sex sexual activity between men is illegal. In Belize it has been criminalised since 2003 and is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. In Trinidad the penalty is 25 years for “buggery offences” and five years for other sexual acts. Despite these sentences, both the anti-buggery laws and those preventing LGBT entry are often unenforced. The case has been brought by Maurice Tomlinson, who will be in court on 17 and 18 March. Tomlinson is a prominent Jamaican LGBT and HIV activist and has taken his case to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). He hopes that a CCJ ruling will declare the laws a violation of his right to freedom of movement in CARICOM, requiring the governments to change them. He contests that the laws restrict his freedom of movement and breach his rights as a Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) national. Both governments dispute his submission. FULL REPORT