Anti-gay violence in Haiti draws international outrage

Violence against gays and transsexuals has been on the rise in Haiti after a protest against same-sex marriage, a UN body reported Tuesday.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned "the recent wave of violence" which it linked "to the protest against homosexuality led by the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Groups."

Hundreds of people protested July 19 against gay marriage. There is no related legislation in the pipeline in the Caribbean nation, but many there apparently have been alarmed by laws approving same-sex marriage in other countries such as France.

The Commission, part of the Organization of American States, said it was urging the Haitian government to investigate 47 cases of "violence and discrimination."

At the July 19 protest, demonstrators threatened to burn down the legislature if lawmakers were to approve same-sex marriage.