Most recently based in Toronto, where he worked as director of policy and advocacy with the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations (ICASO), Robert was previously the executive director of Jamaica AIDS Support, and the founder and executive director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition.
He was a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights, and Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex with Men. He was internationally known for his work on stigma associated with the disease.
Christine Stegling, Senior Advisor on Human Rights (and also a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights) said “In 2009, when Robert spoke at an Alliance workshop advocating for law reform in the Commonwealth and later participated in a press conference at the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in Trinidad (with Stephen Lewis), his passion around law reform and changing the environment for people to be accepted regardless of their sexuality was evident. Robert was passionate about the human rights of every person living with HIV and his voice will be sorely missed by all of us working in the HIV and human rights response."
"Robert was a great leader of human rights and a prominent HIV activist in the Caribbean," said Basil Williams, Executive Director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance. “He was renowned for fighting violence, prejudice and stigma in the frontline of the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean and internationally.”
"As an active campaigner for the rights of men who have sex with men in the Caribbean and internationally, Robert had dedicated immense energy to this difficult challenge. He worked closely with us to push for the Commonwealth to play a greater role in promoting the repeal of colonial sodomy laws that remain in place in so many countries around the world. The MSM and HIV community internationally has lost a great friend, colleague and activist” said Anton Kerr, Alliance head of policy and Chair of the Commonwealth HIV & AIDS Action Group.
Read a more detailed statement from the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance here.
He was renowned for fighting violence, prejudice and stigma in the frontline of the fight against HIV and AIDS.