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Charlot Jeudy (January 1, 1984 – November 25, 2019) was a Haitian activist who has been involved in the emergence of an LGBT rights movement in Haiti.

Charlot Jeudy
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Born(1984-01-01)January 1, 1984
DiedNovember 25, 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 35)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
NationalityHaitian
OrganisationKouraj

He was a leading figure in the M community (Masisi, Madivin, Monkonpè, Makomè, Mix) in Haiti, as well as a human rights activist with his involvement in Kouraj. Charlot Jeudy was also a collaborator of Massimadi, the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti and Equitas.

BiographyEdit

ActivismEdit

Since 2009, Charlot Jeudy has been struggling with his friends to demonstrate the importance of an organizational structure that promotes LGBT rights in Haiti as he has been the victim of several acts of discrimination. The idea of AMIAMI originated with the primary goal of creating cultural events in the LGBT community. After 2 years, AMIAMI became KOURAJ[1] in December 2011, integrating other priorities such as the fight against homophobia and transphobia within Haitian society. Jeudy had the tenacity to make a first public statement in January 2012 on Haiti's national radio station, where he denounced Christians who advocated that it was "sins like homosexuality that were responsible for the January 12 earthquake". He was under pressure but persevered by planning another interview, this time on television, where he publicly stated that he was the president of KOURAJ, an organization defending the homosexual community. With the help of external partners, the first International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was held in Haiti on May 17, 2012,[2] to raise awareness among the Haitian population of the need to respect sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2013 KOURAJ is led by a team of 7 people of which he is the president and 70 active members.

In an interview in 2016, Charlot Jeudy testifies to the difficulty of being gay in Haiti on Radio-Canada.[3]

In the fall of 2016, Charlot Jeudy plannned to launch the first Haitian edition of the Massimadi festival in Port-au-Prince. Massimadi Haiti was intended as an opportunity to present for the first time the realities of LGBTQ communities through films, exhibitions and discussions. It was based on a concept developed in 2009 by the Montreal-based organization Arc-en-ciel d'Afrique. Instead, the organisers must cancel everything, particularly because of the death threats to which some have been subjected, and the national turn and international media coverage of the subject in the news.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

On August 3, 2018, the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti unveiled a community-based intervention project led by LGBTI people. Its principle is to fight homophobia by promoting a culture of peace and positive values such as law, tolerance, equality, non-discrimination, respect for human life choices and human security. To this end, the MINUJUSTH Human Rights Section has found a partner in the Kouraj association and its President Charlot Jeudy.[10]

Death and reactionsEdit

On November 25, 2019, he was found dead at his home in Vivy Michel in the town of Pétion-Ville.[11] According to initial reports, Charlot Jeudy died of poisoning or strangulation. The full circumstances of Charlot Jeudy's death have yet to be clarified.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

The French[19] and American embassies[20] condemned the strange circumstances of his death and asked for an investigation.

Notes and sourcesEdit

  1. ^ Rebelles, Cases (2013-04-19). "Entretien avec KOURAJ – Première partie". CASES REBELLES (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  2. ^ "Première organisation en Haïti de l'IDAHO, Journée Internationale de lutte contre l'Homophobie et la Transphobie". KOURAJ (in French). 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  3. ^ ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone Société-. "Le dur défi d'être gai en Haïti". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  4. ^ "OPINION: Le festival MassiMadi était un test. Haïti l'a raté en 2016 ! – AyiboPost" (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  5. ^ "LGBT festival canceled in Haiti amid threats to organizers". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  6. ^ ICI.Radio-Canada.ca, Zone International-. "Haïti : un festival LGBTQ annulé sous les menaces". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  7. ^ "LGBT Festival Canceled in Haiti After Threats of Violence". www.out.com. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  8. ^ "Haiti's First LGBT Film Festival Postponed After Threats, Police Ban". Voice of America. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  9. ^ "Haïti: le premier festival de films LGBTI reporté à cause de menaces". LExpress.fr (in French). 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  10. ^ "Charlot Jeudy, Kouraj : "Porter la question de l'homophobie et de la transphobie dans l'espace public"". MINUJUSTH (in French). 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  11. ^ "Décès de Charlot Jeudy, militant LGBT en Haïti". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  12. ^ "Leader of major LGBTQ organization in Haiti found dead | CTV News". www.ctvnews.ca. 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  13. ^ "Leading LGBT+ activist found dead in Haiti". Reuters. 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  14. ^ "Haïti: Charlot Jeudy, défenseur des droits des LGBT, retrouvé mort". www.loophaiti.com. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  15. ^ "CBC". 2019-11-28. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  16. ^ "LGBTQ Activist Jeudy Charlot Dead; Some Fear Foul Play". www.advocate.com. 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  17. ^ Assunção, Muri. "Prominent Haitian LGBTQ activist found dead in 'suspicious' circumstances". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  18. ^ Periódico, El (2019-11-26). "Haití: hallan muerto en su casa al destacado activista LGTB Charlot Jeudy". elperiodico (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  19. ^ "Ambassade de France en Haïti". www.facebook.com (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  20. ^ "Déclaration de l'ambassade des États-Unis suite au décès de Charlot Jeudy". Ambassade des Etats-Unis en Haïti (in French). 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2019-11-26.