PORT AU PRINCE, November 26, 2019—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is deeply saddened by the death of Haitian activist and community leader, Charlot Jeudy.
Mr Jeudy was President of Kouraj, an organization that addresses the human rights and sexual health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Haiti. He courageously founded Kouraj in 2011 following the intense homophobia and transphobia during the post-2010 earthquake recovery.
Under Mr Jeudy’s visionary leadership, Kouraj evolved to offer legal and psycho-social services as well as HIV and STI prevention education. It is also one of Haiti’s premiere advocates for eliminating stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and combatting the introduction of discriminatory laws.
Mr Jeudy was also an engaged civil society member of Haiti’s Country Coordinating Mechanism which is responsible for overseeing the management of the Global Fund project to combat HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the Caribbean country.
“Charlot Jeudy exemplified the power of community to be the voice for the voiceless and to make meaningful change in people’s lives,” said UNAIDS Country Director for Haiti, Mame Awa Faye. “This World AIDS Day we celebrate the power of communities to make a difference. Charlot did just that.”
We join the global human rights community in mourning his passing and call for the circumstances of his death to be quickly and thoroughly investigated.
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