Plasterk: “Gay rights are respected in Curacao”

POSTED: 10/31/13 11:30 AM

THE HAGUE – According to Kingdom Relations Minister /Ronald Plasterk there are no indications “that the rights of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders are not respected in Curacao.” The minister writes this in answer to questions from the VVD and the PvdA, Leoni Leidel-Schenk reports on Caribisch Netwerk.

The Gay Pride in Curacao was canceled at the last moment last month. A day before the vent, the government came with stricter permit-conditions, after Pueblo Soberano MP Winnie Raveneau had expressed her displeasure about the intention to hold a Gay Pride Parade on the island.

Prime Minister Ivar Asjes said shortly afterwards that Ravenau’s objections were an expression of her personal opinion and not the point of view of Pueblo Soberano or the government. “Asjes stated that his government does not expect any problems with the Caribbean edition of the Gay Pride in May of next year and that he fully respects the freedom of expression and the right to hold (protest) marches, also when it concerns these groups,” Plasterk wrote.

The Dutch government supports the homo-emancipation process in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom with an annual contribution to the Pink Orange accord project of local gay organizations and COC Netherlands. Foko is a local organization in Willemstad that is part of this accord.

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