UN criticized for Trinidad HIV, human rights event

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gay rights activists are blasting the United Nations for organizing a book launch in Trinidad to talk about HIV and human rights in the Caribbean, noting the island bars homosexuals.

Tuesday’s book launch is being sponsored in part by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS, and numerous activists were invited to attend. Among them was Maurice Tomlinson, a legal adviser with New York-based AIDS-Free World. He filed a lawsuit against Trinidad’s government seeking to strike down the anti-gay law.

Trinidad is the only Caribbean island with such a law. UNAIDS officials did not return messages for comment.

It’s the second time Trinidad’s law comes under fire in recent years. Elton John obtained a waiver to visit the sister island of Tobago in 2007 amid opposition by religious groups.

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