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US regrets circumstances postponing Haiti gay pride festival

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The Embassy of the United States released a press note Wednesday saying it “deeply regrets the circumstances leading to the postponement of the MassiMadi Festival,” a gay pride festival that was to begin on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince.

The press note from the embassy reads:

The U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince deeply regrets the circumstances leading to the postponement of the MASSIMADI Festival and condemns discrimination, intimidation and threats of violence in any form.

Haiti has a long tradition of tolerance and has undertaken international commitments to respect the rights of all individuals. The United States supports the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people, allowing them to live peacefully and lawfully without fear of oppression, violence or penalty regardless of their race, color, gender or sexual orientation.

Event organizers, Kouraj, announced the indefinite postponement of the event on Tuesday following a ban placed by Government Commissioner, Jean Danton Leger, on Monday. The Foundation for Culture and Liberty (FOKAL), in its note, said the postponement was also due to threats.

The Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince as well as the French Institute, principal partners in the event, denounced the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the event.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.