Jamaica’s homophobic laws should be repealed immediately.

That was a recent ruling made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The international human rights tribunal made the decision based on the cases of two gay Jamaicans who say their rights were violated in the island due to their sexual preferences.

The two Jamaicans, Gareth Henry and Simone Edwards, argued that the laws against buggery and gross indecency violate their rights and allow violence towards the LGBT community in the country.

The commission said Jamaica was responsible for the violation of the claimants’ rights to humane treatment, equal protection before the law, privacy and freedom of movement and residence.

Henry and Edwards faced separate violent attacks, and were both forced to flee Jamaica.

Director of Strategy and Impact at the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), Glenroy Murray, says he welcomes the ruling.

The director says acknowledgement of gay rights is the first step to mending the stigma.

Glenroy Murray, Strategy and Impact Director for J-FLAG.