Weeks after suspicious death, Haiti gay rights activist still not buried

Charlot Jeudy, a prominent gay rights activist in Haiti and founder of the LGBTQ advocacy grou Kouraj, was found dead on Monday, Nov. 25 in the Caradeux neighborhood of Haiti’s capital. FACEBOOK

More than three weeks after the death of a prominent gay rights activist in Haiti under suspicious circumstances, he still has not been buried and no autopsy has been performed to find the cause

Charlot Jeudy’s lifeless body was found on Nov. 25 inside his home in the Caradeux neighborhood of Haiti’s capital. 

Jeudy, 35, was the leader and founder of Kouraj, or Courage, the country’s leading LGBTI advocacy group. He also was a member of the Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism in Haiti, which is chaired by the country’s first lady. The Global Fund fights to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by getting life-saving treatment to vulnerable populations.

“The community, his family cannot mourn him, nor start the justice process,” said a statement released by Kouraj. 

According to Kouraj, Haiti’s chief government prosecutor had requested that the investigative arm of the Haiti National Police, the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police, investigate the death after receiving a request from lawyers representing Jeudy’s family. The same prosecutor also asked the justice minister to provide the financial resources so that an autopsy could be done.

A Haiti police official said an investigation is underway. Kouraj, however, said weeks after the request was made for the justice ministry to provide the coroner’s office with the financial means to perform the autopsy, “nothing is being done.” 

“Despite many testimonies from the embassies, international institutions and even the Haitian president, the prospect of a serious investigation to clarify the circumstances of this sudden death have been buried in the cemetery of the Haitian justice system,” the statement said. “Forensic science is only a facade in this country.”

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