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In this landmark ruling, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago upheld a challenge to the laws in Trinidad criminalising homosexual activity and granting declarations that they contravened the constitution.

The case was brought by an LGBTQ+ activist to challenge laws inherited while the country was under British rule. It was argued that the Sexual Offences Act, which criminalised all gay sexual activity, breached the human rights guarantees in the Constitution. In addition to human rights arguments, the case raised issues about the savings provisions protecting “existing laws” and those passed by an enhanced majority, with implications for other Caribbean constitutions.

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