This afternoon, Professor Brendan Bain filed a suit in the Supreme Court of Jamaica challenging the termination of his contract as director of CHART. He was also granted an Injunction in which UWI was forced to hold the termination until the Courts have heard the case.
Professor Bain is claiming In his suit, that the action of the University of the West Indies breached his constitutional rights of freedom of expression and thought. Bain, regarded as a pioneer and a leading medical authority on the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean region, had submitted expert testimony in the Caleb Orozco vs. Government of Belize case over Section 53 of Belize’s criminal code.
Bain quoted from several reports that the risk of contracting HIV is significantly higher among MSMs. Bain further said that part of his responsibilities is to assess behaviours for their impact on health and well-being and, “when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, and unsafe sexual behaviour, it is my duty to discourage it.”
The prestigious professional also addressed the cost of behaviour to the community, saying,
“There are instances in which private behaviours result in considerable public cost due to illness, … The public cost of these private behaviours must be acknowledged and actively reckoned with,”
UNIBAM and other lobby groups wrote to the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) expressing disapproval of Bain’s testimony in the Orozco case, and also wrote several letters to the UWI Vice-Chancellor demanding Bain’s dismissal.
UWI caved in to the LGBT lobby and fired Professor Bain sparking protests in Belize and Jamaica. Supporters of Dr. Bain consistently make the claim that it was a freedom of speech issue, while UNIBAM and the 34 other homosexual advocacy groups which demanded Bain’s termination are claiming that it was a conflict of interest issue. Well, the courts will now get to decide.
Dr Bain is also asking the court for damages.