June 1st, 2012
42nd General Assembly Report with Chilean Ambassador
One interesting question was asked by the Jamaican LGBT representation it was how could Chile encourage Caribbean leaders to reconsider laws that criminalize adult consenusal sexual activity. The response of the ambassador was that Chile could not interfere with other state laws. The ambassador said" that we have to be respectful of the internal affairs of the state." To us he did not answer the question, he may have not even understood the question because of translation. The ambassador infromed us that Chile is supports parallel work on checking articles on Racism and checking one artcile on intolerance. The believe that chile have a role to place on Racism and one on intolerance protocol committee. Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile have been working to support the process, but that last year, the absence of the Caribbean made it difficult to carry out the work because the committee did not have quorum. This year, they are working with a committee, made up of mainly South American countries to drive the work of shaping the draft convention on Racism and the protocol on intolerance.