Love and Respect: Q&A on Jamaican TV ad court case


In 2012, Jamaican human rights activists and AIDS-Free World produced “Love and Respect,” a short, 30-second video advertisement calling for respect for the basic human rights of Jamaican LGBTI people.

However, television stations in Jamaica refused to air it as a paid advertisement. prompting this legal proceeding. Jamaican human rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson, is pursuing an appeal in the courts, with the support of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. The appeal was heard by the Jamaican Court of Appeal in February 2016. The outcome of this court case will be a key milestone for advancing human rights in Jamaica, including for LGBTI people.

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