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Anti-gay violence in Haiti grabs UN attention

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2013 | 1:07 PM

The United Nations (UN), has called on key political, religious and community leaders to inspire respect for rights and encourage restraint from expressions of hatred and contempt amid increase in homophobic violence in Haiti.



In a statement, the UN urged Haitians to continue working together towards the construction of a state based on the respect for the rule of law, respect for others, tolerance, individual dignity and human rights.



The statement follows a weekend attack on the engagement party of a gay couple, with people reportedly throwing stones and setting cars on fires.



Police said they had arrested two men after participating in a violent attack against a British Red Cross Mission chief and his Haitian gay partner, who were organising an engagement ceremony in the Caribbean country’s capital.



The couple was evacuated by several specialised units of the police.



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