Caleb Orozco, the president of UNIBAM, who’s spearheading the challenge, was at court today along with his attorney Lisa Shoman, and attorneys for the Council of Churches and the Government of Belize. They held an audience with Justice Arana in her chambers, in which technical legal issues were ironed out on both sides.
The news coming out of that meeting is that the case has been moved over to the CJ’s Court – and it will be full of the highest flying legal eagles were likely to ever see packed into one courtroom. Shoman told us about the international attorneys added to their side of the case.
Lisa Shoman - Attorney for Caleb Orosco
"Ma'm, I also just got some information that the International interested parties have retained the services of an attorney from Trinidad and Lord Peter Goldsmith from the UK, can you confirm for us?"
"I can tell you that the claimant has a team of attorneys which has one attorney from the UWI, Mr. Christopher Hamel-Smith, Queen's Council from Trinidad is also appearing along with myself, along with Simeon Sampson. So we are all Caribbean people and I understand that the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Human Dignity Trust and the International Society of Jurists who are the human rights interested parties have asked Godfrey Smith and Lord Peter Goldsmith to appear on their behalf."
We also spoke to Orozco, who told us that the public and media are confusing to issues, human rights, and human rights enforcement.
He told us that everyone in Belize should enjoy the same rights and freedoms. According to him, the problem is that the LGBT community is often victimized, and their rights are not enforced at an institutional level.
Caleb Orosco - Challenging Belize's Constitution
And if Lord Peter Goldsmith sounds familiar to you he should. He’s the Queen’s Counsel from the UK who the Ashcroft Alliance has retained twice for representation in relation to hearings in the Appeal Court.
also see previous entries from sister blog GLBTQJA
UNIBAM Gay Rights Case Slated for May 7-10, 2013