The Lonely Fight Against Belize’s Antigay Laws
Can one challenge to a statute criminalizing sodomy create a domino effect in the Caribbean?
By JULIA SCOTT MAY 22, 2015
… Opponents made much of the fact that Unibam receives all of its budget, around $35,000 a year, from foreign governments and foundations, including the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the Swiss Embassy in Mexico City and the Open Society Foundations. “Is Unibam being used for a foreign gay agenda?” one news station asked. The Amandala, the nation’s largest newspaper, published a page-long editorial under the headline “UNIBAM DIVIDES BELIZE.” “Homosexuals are predators of young and teenaged boys,” wrote the editor in chief, Russell Vellos.Almost nobody ever gets prosecuted under these laws. Belize is not the kind of place where laws get enforced as a matter of routine.
A couple of years ago, Moroccan citizens finally started to dare to protest the gay sex tourism industry when the King of Morocco pardoned a European pedophile.