A member of a gay rights organisation has been found stabbed to death in the Jamaican capital of Kingston.

The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said that the 26-year-old’s body was found behind an insurance company building on Friday.

He has not been named and the group said his family had not yet been informed, Associated Press reports.

J-FLAG said in a statement: “While the reason behind his death is not yet known, allegations are that his life had been under threat for some time.”

The group called for a full investigation into his death.

Police have not yet commented.

Gay campaigners consider Jamaica to be one of the most homophobic countries in the world.

Gay sex between two men can carry a ten-year jail sentence or hard labour.

Sex between two women is currently legal but many lesbians face persecution.