One of Haiti’s most prominent LGBTIQ activists, Jeudy Charlot, was found dead at his home in Pétion-Ville outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince on the morning of Monday, November 25th.
The circumstances of his death are still unclear and an autopsy is needed to determine the cause of death.
Jeudy Charlot, affectionately known by many as Charlot, was the Executive Director of KOURAJ, one of the country’s only LGBTIQ organizations and OutRight’s partner in a multi-year project fighting sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti.
While the cause of death has not been verified, human rights organisations OutRight fears that Charlot’s death may have been a hate crime. Charlot had been receiving threatening and anonymous phone calls, yet was determined to continue the fight for LGBTIQ equality.
Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International said it was essential that local police fully investigated his death.
“I knew Charlot as a bold LGBTIQ leader and fierce advocate fighting for the rights of his community. Even though the cause of death is yet unconfirmed, we fear it is part of a larger pattern of anti-LGBTIQ violence underway in Haiti, potentially focused on people visible within LGBTIQ organizations.
“We call on on the police to carry out an immediate, credible and transparent police investigation into the death of Jeudy Charlot. Haiti must protect LGBTIQ people from violence.
FACSDIS, an organization that works to safeguard the rights of the LBTIQ community, is reporting unprecedented violence and attacks against people based on their perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Four members of FACSDIS were victims of an attack on October 17, 2019, where several members sustained physical injuries.
OutRight received evidence of a further incident: an angry mob threatened at least three members of FACSDIS on November 18.
As a result of these and other attacks, LGBTIQ community members in Haiti are remaining at home, afraid to leave for work or school or to buy groceries, and some members of the community have even sought temporary relocation to flee the violence.
Local police have not responded to media inquiries regarding the death
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