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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:13 pm 
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Groups condemn threats against Haiti's gay society
17 July 2013

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Watchdog groups in Haiti on Wednesday condemned what they say has been a series of threats targeting the Caribbean nation's small gay community.

Attorney Mario Joseph and gay rights advocate Charlot Jeudy told a news conference that people who are gay or lesbian should be able to live freely without being harassed or attacked. Jeudy, president of a gay rights group named Kouraj, Haitian Creole for courage, said he recently received several threats, including a call from someone who told him to shut his mouth, or have it shut for him. The same caller threatened to burn down his home and office.

The news conference came three weeks after several Protestant leaders from a group calling itself the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations said on national television that they disagreed with recent laws in other countries supporting gay marriage. The group announced it would hold an anti-gay demonstration in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Friday, a gathering that worries rights leaders.

"Haitian society needs tolerance," said Joseph, the lawyer. "Whatever sexual orientation you are, you have rights."

Haiti's small gay and lesbian community has long remained largely underground because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment. Gay rights groups in Haiti say that members of the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community often don't report rights violations to authorities out of fear of reprisal. Those people also have suffered overt discrimination from law enforcement and judicial authorities, particularly in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. State Department said in a 2012 report on human rights in Haiti.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:48 am 
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More than 1,000 show up for Haiti anti-gay protest
19 July 2013

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A protester holds a sign that reads in French "A+A=No. A+B=Yes. B+B=No" during an anti-gay demonstration in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, July 19, 2013.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- More than 1,000 people in Haiti participated Friday in a rare street demonstration to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in the Caribbean nation.

The protest brought together a mix of religious groups, from Protestant to Muslim, who carried anti-gay placards and chanted songs, including one in which they threatened to burn down parliament if its members make same-sex marriage legal. A Haitian gay rights group has said it plans to submit a proposal allowing homosexuals to wed. "I believe in God, and God condemns homosexuality," said protester Eddy Jean-Pierre, a self-described Protestant. "Haiti is not going to accept this, and God will punish us further if we allow this law to pass."

The demonstration organized by several religious groups, including one calling itself the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations, came two days after watchdog groups held a news conference to condemn what they say is an increase in threats against homosexuals in the country. They also took issue with plans for the Friday protest. The coalition of religious groups said three weeks ago that it opposed recent laws in other countries supporting gay marriage.

Haiti's gay and lesbian community is small and has long kept a low-profile because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment. Gay rights groups in Haiti say that members of the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community often don't report rights violations to authorities out of fear of reprisal. Those people also have suffered overt discrimination from law enforcement and judicial authorities, particularly in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. State Department said in a 2012 report on human rights in Haiti.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:13 pm 
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Haiti gangs beat 47 gays with machetes, sticks and cement blocks
31 July 2013
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Port-au-Prince in Haiti: The city has seen spiralling anti-LGBT violence after an anti-gay faith march.

Dozens of gay men were beaten by gangs with knives, machetes, cement blocks, sticks and iron bars in Haiti, GSN can reveal.

Human rights campaigners in the Caribbean nation say they know of 47 assaults in just one week (17 to 24 July), though attacks have slowed in recent days following government intervention. Some have had their lives threatened or had their houses burned down or looted.

The series of attacks follows a march by anti-gay Christians in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti on 19 July. Gangs started beating up gay men on 17 July, two days before the march led by the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations – a group LGBT activists in the country had not previously heard of. The ‘coalition’ was rallying people against a gay marriage bill they claimed was going before parliament. But this has baffled human rights campaigners and government ministers who say no such bill exists.

GSN spoke to a campaigner from SEROvie, a foundation that promotes human rights for marginalized people, particularly LGBTI people, based in Port-au-Prince. The spokesman said: ‘In most of the cases, it was groups of four to six men who attacked individuals. They surrounded them in their homes or in their business or on the streets. The two worst cases were two men who were attacked when they were selling things in the public market. One of these victims was particularly baffled because he said he could see a few of his former lovers among the attackers. They were beaten with whatever these guys could find including wooden and iron sticks. They escaped and were hidden by a neighbor. When it was safe they contacted us and we went with them to the hospital. They were left with bruises and deep cuts.’

He said one of the curious aspects of the violence was that, as far as they know, only men were targeted. ‘The victims were people who were living their life quietly and no such thing had ever happened before to them,’ our contact told us.

At the height of the trouble, representatives of SEROvie worked around the clock to look after victims, chart the attacks and liaise with the government. As a result of that work, the Ministry of Justice made a statement condemning the violence and saying the perpetrators would be brought to justice. SEROvie doesn’t know of any arrests yet, but fewer attacks are now being reported. Another march took place on Sunday (28 July) but only three incidents since Monday. The foundation’s spokesman added: ‘I am quite surprised by the violence coming from [Haitian] people who were thought were tolerant. We don’t know where all this hatred is coming from. Someone from the government told me it was much deeper… We have a government which has been trying to create an image that Haiti is open for business and tourism and there are some sectors who feel threatened by that and we were the easiest target and a way for them to tackle the government.’

Meanwhile, while SEROvie praises the government’s response, the victims are still tending their wounds. The spokesman told us: ‘We have at least five cases which are going to the hospital every day to change bandages and get more serious injuries treated. But it is all under control. They are still scared of Port-au-Prince. Most of them went back to their home towns and won’t return to the capital yet.’

Meanwhile the violence has been condemned by the The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and welcomed the government’s statements against it. The commission said: ‘It is imperative that Haiti also adopt effective measures to prevent the repetition of these types of acts of violence and discrimination in the future.’ They particularly want the state to take action against the perpetrators, warning allowing the attackers impunity ‘fosters the chronic repetition of these crimes, leaving the victims and their families defenseless’.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:35 am 
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Mob attacks gay couple's engagement ceremony in Haiti
11 August 2013

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AFP - A British man and his Haitian partner were attacked by dozens of locals who threw molotov cocktails and rocks at the couple's private engagement ceremony, police said.

Several people were injured, two cars were set ablaze and windows were smashed at the residence where the ceremony took place in Port-au-Prince late Saturday. Police arrived just in time to prevent people being killed, inspector Patrick Rosarion told AFP.

The attack on the British man, identified only as a member of the Red Cross named Max, and his Haitian partner, was a clear example of homophobia, a rights advocate said. "This is a criminal act and homophobic," said Charlot Jeudy, an official from Kouraj (Courage), a group that defends the rights of homosexuals in Haiti. "There is no justification for this kind of attack on people in a private residence. Hopefully the justice authorities will react to the perpetrators of this act." The British victim said he was fine but did not wish to discuss the matter for fear of identifying his partner and making him more vulnerable to acts of homophobic violence.

Protestant church members in Haiti have conducted street protests in Port-au-Prince, chanting "no to gay marriage in Haiti." Gay rights organizations have expressed shock at the treatment they have received.

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Amnesty Intl: Gay rights office in Haiti attacked
27 November 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Amnesty International says the office of a gay rights group in Haiti has been ransacked and two of its members beaten.

It said Wednesday that three men carrying handguns and machetes raided the office of the Haitian rights organization Kouraj last week. Amnesty says the intruders said the center shouldn't be allowed to operate and aimed anti-gay remarks at the two activists who were tied and beaten.

The attackers also stole equipment, which included two laptops and files that contained sensitive information about the group's members.

Haiti's small gay and lesbian community has long remained largely underground because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment. Those negative sentiments spilled into the streets this summer when thousands joined in an anti-gay demonstration.

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Haiti may ban gay marriage, public support for LGBTQ rights
7 August 2017

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A gay rights group in Haiti said Monday it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage as well as any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country.

A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would prohibit any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said the legislation would violate Haiti's constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it. "We have the right to protest and we have the right to be who we are and we have the right to be free," Jeudy said in an interview. Jeudy said his group has been collecting signatures on a petition that it hopes to present to sympathetic lawmakers in the chamber. A vote has not yet been scheduled.

LGBTQ people have long faced discrimination in Haiti. In September, a cultural festival celebrating the community in Port-au-Prince was canceled the after organizers received threats and a local government official said he would prohibit the event he said violates the country's moral values.

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