Report documents widespread anti-LGBT violence in Jamaica

Published: October 21, 2014

Scott Roberts
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In its 86-page report titled “Not Safe at Home,” Human Rights Watch noted that LGBT citizens in Jamaica are often driven from their communities by neighbours and sometimes even family.

Between 2009 and 2012, J-FLAG, a Jamaican LGBT rights organisation, recorded 231 incidents of attacks against LGBT people, including home invasions, physical assaults, and mob attacks.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) conducted five weeks of field research in Jamaica in April and June 2013, interviewing 71 LGBT people – 44 of whom reported being victims of “some form of violence based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.” Many LGBT people on the island “live in constant fear,” HRW said.

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