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Published: July 6, 2013

Dozens of gay men were beaten by gangs with knives, machetes, cement blocks, sticks and iron bars in Haiti, GSN can reveal. Human rights campaigners in the Caribbean nation say they know of 47 assaults in just one week (17 to 24 July), though attacks have slowed in recent days following government intervention. Some have had their lives threatened or had their houses have been burned down or looted. The series of attacks follows a march by anti-gay Christians in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti on 19 July. Gangs started beating up gay men on 17 July, two days before the march led by the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations – a group LGBT activists in the country had not previously heard of. The ‘coalition’ was rallying people against a gay marriage bill they claimed was going before parliament. But this has baffled human rights campaigners and government ministers who say no such bill exists. GSN spoke to a campaigner from SEROvie, a foundation that promotes human rights for marginalized people, particularly LGBTI people, based in Port-au-Prince. The spokesman said: ‘In most of the cases, it was groups of four to six men who attacked individuals. They surrounded them in their homes or in their business or on the streets. ‘The two worst cases were two men who were attacked when they were selling things in the public market. ‘One of these victims was particularly baffled because he said he could see a few of his former lovers among the attackers. ‘They were beaten with whatever these guys could find including wooden and iron sticks. ‘They escaped and were hidden by a neighbor. When it was safe they contacted us and we went with them to the hospital. They were left with bruises and deep cuts.’

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