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LGBT Haitians Targeted with Violence Following Anti-LGBT Demonstration

Last Friday, July 19 an anti-LGBT demonstration was held in Port-au-Prince. The demonstration was organized and carried out by a self-identified moral and religious coalition of organizations who openly condemned LGBT rights in Haiti and issued threats to the LGBT community at large.

While details about Friday's events are still coming to the fore, reports of violence towards LGBT persons that have occurred as a result of protesting are being documented.

Haitian grassroots organization, SEROvie Foundation issued a statement condemning last Friday's demonstration, calling on the Government of Haiti to take action to address this event and the general environment of discrimination and violence against Haiti's LGBT community, and asking the Government to take responsibility for upholding the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all LGBT Haitians. See that statement here (original French and English translation).

For its part, the Government of Haiti also released a statement condemning the undemocratic nature of Friday's manifestations and calling on the Haitian people to exercise more tolerance. The Government offered condolences to the families of victims and asked the police to conduct an investigation.

MADRE and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) condemn the actions of the so-called moral and religious groups responsible for last Friday's demonstration and for perpetuating a climate of intolerance, hatred, and fear in Haiti. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our Haitian LGBT partner organizations, SEROvie Foundation, FACSDIS and KOURAJ, and with all LGBT Haitians to combat discrimination and violence against Haiti's LGBT community.