THE Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) issued a statement today, explaining that the organisation did not give the government an ultimatum to address the buggery issue.
J-FLAG said the ultimatum reports were a result of a misunderstanding of its comments to the media following Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s announcement in the pre-election national debates that her administration would review the buggery law.
J-FLAG’s Executive Director Dane Lewis said his statement, “To be realistic, I imagine within the first hundred days at least the issue could be raised, with a look at how to proceed”, was misrepresented as an ultimatum.
He also highlighted that Jamaica is required by the end of 2012 to report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee reviewing Jamaica’s status under the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, on the steps being taken to remove discriminatory laws.
J-FLAG said it is within this context that the comment was made.