Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law | Inquirer News

Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

/ 10:21 AM August 30, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island’s anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about safety.

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica’s 1864 law that bans sex between men.

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But in an affidavit, Jaghai said he has been “threatened enough times to know that I am vulnerable.” He believes his “loved ones are under threat.”

On Friday, Janet Burak of New York-based advocacy group AIDS-Free World said the fear that pushed Jaghai to end his challenge “is the same fear that keeps gay men in Jamaica underground.”

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