Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Urgent Action: LGBTI Organization in Haiti Attacked

November 26, 2013

Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action on behalf of Kouraj, an LGBTI rights group in Haiti, because their office in Port-au-Prince was attacked last Thursday.  Many of their members whose personal information was stolen remain at great risk.  Please take a moment to take action to help keep these human rights defenders safe.

Some of the background information is pasted below.  Click HERE to learn how to help.

URGENT ACTION
LGBTI ORGANIZATION’S OFFICE ATTACKED IN HAITI

The office of Kouraj, a Haitian organization which raises awareness about LGBTI rights and creates public debate about the stigma surrounding same-sex relationships in Haiti was attacked by armed men on 21 November. At around 1pm, three men armed with machetes and handguns forced their way into Kouraj’s office based in Port-au-Prince. They said that that office must not operate here and made homophobic insults against the two members of Kouraj who were in the office at the time, whom they then beat and tied up. The attackers then proceeded to ransack the office and stole office equipment including two laptops and personal belongings. Kouraj staff are concerned that these men also took files containing contact information of the organization’s members, including personal addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. It is not clear how many files were stolen and therefore how many members could be at risk of further attacks.

A few days before the attack, Kouraj activists heard people making threats outside the office, saying that the office was an office of homosexuals, and that they would attack them soon. Since the attack, Kouraj activists have received several anonymous calls with homophobic insults and threats of further attacks. Kouraj’s office has been closed since the attack occurred. A justice of the peace (juge de paix) has been to the office to make a report on the incident and Kouraj have reported it to the police.

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