Haiti: Why no probe of the suspicious death of LGBTQ activist Charlot Jeudy?

Charlot Jeudy, a prominent Haitian LGBTQ rights defender, was found dead three weeks ago, on Nov. 25. The circumstances surrounding his death have still not been clarified and no autopsy has been performed.

Charlot Jeudy (David Nieto photo courtesy of UN / MINUJUSTH)

Haitian associations and NGOs are concerned that investigations have stalled despite words of concern from Haiti’s political leaders. They are worried that Jeudy, who was president of the LGBTQ advocacy group Kouraj, may have been assassinated. His relatives suspect that he was poisoned.

Logo of Kouraj

Eleven activist groups, including Kouraj, issued a communiqué to protest the lack of an active investigation. Jeudy has not been forgotten and whoever was responsible for his death should not be allowed to escape with impunity, they stated.

Those activists said in their statement that the government has asked the Ministry of Justice to devote resources of the Medical / Legal Institute to the case, but that institute has no such resources. No autopsy has been performed, but the government has rejected offers of help from experts outside Haiti, they said.

“More than three weeks after his death, Charlot cannot be buried. His community, his family and his loved ones can neither mourn his death nor start on the way of justice,” the activists said.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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