A leading human rights group says gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica.

Human Rights Watch says LGBT people are also frequently refused housing or employment in the country.

Its observation was made in a report published today, following research conducted in the country last year.

In its 86-page report titled “Not Safe at Home,” Human Rights Watch notes that LGBT Jamaicans are often driven from their communities by neighbors and sometimes even family.

It says some health professionals stigmatize them by casting judgment on their sexuality when they seek care.

The rights group says police protection against bias and physical attacks is also generally poor.

Director of Human Rights Watch, Graeme Reid, says LGBT people in Jamaica face intolerable levels of violence and cannot rely on the police.

Main Researcher, Rhon Reynolds, supports his position.

Rhon Reynolds, Main Researcher of the Human Rights Watch’s report on Jamaica released today.

Human Rights Watch says the authorities should prosecute anyone responsible and get homophobic laws off the books.

The report was the result of five weeks of research conducted last year in Jamaica.

Seventy one LGBT persons were interviewed, including 44 who reported being victims of some form of violence based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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