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Govt moves against discriminatory laws

Saturday, March 29 2014

GOVERNMENT will take steps to remove all laws in this country which are discriminatory against the Shouter Baptist community. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar made this announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday.

The country celebrates Shouter Baptist Liberation Day on Sunday.

Dressed in gold Shouter Baptist attire, Persad-Bissessar said: “I wish to state there are still laws on our statute books as continued discrimination against the Shouter Baptist community.”

While she did not say what those laws were, Persad-Bissessar said she will ask National Diversity Minister Rodger Samuel to look at those laws “ with a view to removing all the discriminatory provisions against the Shouter Baptist faith.

Recalling she was part of the former UNC government will granted the Shouter Baptist holiday in 1996, Persad-Bissessar said the struggle of this community shows that citizens must “never take our freedoms for granted.”

Declaring that in TT “every creed and race finds an equal place,” Persad-Bissessar have the assurance that “this is something my government will rigorously defend and uphold. Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and House Speaker Wade Mark shared the Prime Minister’s views.

Rowley said this country has a strong history of embracing diversity.

“We accept we are one people and we have harmony in diversity,” he said. Mark said the occasion of Shouter Baptist Liberation Day is but one “measure of our rich diversity.”

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