This situation is no longer tenable. If the Legislative Assembly continues to deny basic rights to some of its citizens – then UK Ministers must act urgently
(CMR) Stephen Doughty MP and Labour Shadow Minister for Africa has issued a statement on the defeat of the Partnerships Bill in the Cayman Islands expressing “it is deeply regrettable” and said the situation is no longer tenable urging the UK to act urgently.
His brief statement read:
“Despite the welcome efforts of many, it is deeply regrettable that the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly has not passed this crucial Bill.
“The Governor is right to call it a sad day for the rule of law in the Cayman Islands – and most crucially for the LGBT+ community there, as well as those who move to live, work or holiday there – with basic human rights that would be upheld in the UK, not being recognised in Cayman.
“This situation is no longer tenable. If the Legislative Assembly continues to deny basic rights to some of its citizens – then UK Ministers must act urgently to ensure the Cayman Islands complies with the rule of law and its responsibilities as a British Overseas Territory.
“It is time that all British Overseas Territories ensure legal equality for LGBT+ people.”