Jamaica is well known historically as a global leader on human rights, having spurred the awakening of the world’s conscience against the noxious apartheid regime.
When President Obama visited Jamaica last month, he challenged us all, saying:
“You’re more eager for progress that comes not by holding down any segment of society, but by holding up the rights of every human being, regardless of what we look like or how we pray or who we love.”
As many of your readers know, on Thursday and Friday, the US Embassy hosted two visitors from Washington, DC, Randy Berry, the US Department of State’s special envoy for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, and Todd Larson, senior LGBT coordinator at the US Agency for International Development.
While in Jamaica, they met with government, religious, business, academic, and civil-society representatives. Their visit was part of the broad and global US objective of promoting the respect for universal human rights for all people.