St Lucia yet to take definitive position on buggery laws

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of St Lucia says his administration has so far not taken any definitive decision as it relates to the buggery laws of his country.

“That’s certainly something that is going to require a lot of dialogue and discussion,” Chastanet told reporters. He acknowledged that while the matter has become a global issue, there were many definitions as to whether anti-buggery laws impede human rights.

‘My government does not have an official position on it as yet.’

— Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

He added: “This is something that we are going to continue to review, but my government does not have an official position on it as yet.”

Chastanet dismissed suggestions that anti-buggery laws send the wrong message to the world. He also dismissed suggestions that the ant-buggery laws could affect the tourism industry. The prime minister said it hasn’t done so in the past.

‘We have seen countries which have gone and decriminalised buggery and have now reversed their position.’

— Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

“But as you will know, nobody has been arrested under that law in St. Lucia. We are a Catholic society and I think every country is entitled to have its own positions and therefore this idea that everybody should be harmonised on these issues – we have seen countries which have gone and decriminalised buggery and have now reversed their position. We have seen other countries which have just remained constant,” he stated.