Presentation to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights

Thematic Hearings on the LGBT Rights Situation in Haiti Following the 2010 Earthquake

IGLHRC and its Haitian partner organization – SEROvie – requested a hearing during the 141st session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as part of the Thematic hearings held to inform the commission of the human rights situation in the region. The hearing took place on March 25th 2011 at the General Secretariat Building of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.

Cary Alan Johnson and Marcelo Ernesto Ferreyra from IGLHRC, and Reginald Dupont and Mario LaMothe from SEROvie, presented to commission members how violence and discrimination against LGBT people has increased since the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Although there was no formal outcome document from the meeting, Haitian government representatives in attendance were engaged in a very productive dialogue with the civil society representatives and Commissioners contributed verbal recommendations to the parties.

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