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In Honduras, LGBT Protest Unsolved Murders

In Honduras, LGBT Protest Unsolved Murders

 

Every month, outside the Ministerio Público (Public Ministry) in downtown Tegucigalpa, Honduras, LGBTs protest 85 unsolved murders. The protests are happening on the 13th of each month “because Walter Tróchez was killed on December 13, 2009,” said leader Donis Reyes.

Tróchez was a political activist and LGBT rights leader who was killed after threats and previous attacks. His death led to worldwide protests, including by Amnesty International.

LGBT Honduran groups say that there have been 54 murders since January 2010. In all cases, the police have not arrested and prosecuted the perpetrators, Reyes said. “There is total impunity, no murder solved,” Reyes said.

The protesters were dressed in costumes that mimicked death and the goddess Themis, who represents justice, and carrying signs that said: “No more crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Honduras” and “Justice for Walter Tróchez.”

In early 2011, representatives of the LGBT community met with Human Rights Minister, Ana Pineda, to discuss the problems. The demonstrators presented the project “Building Public Safety Initiative in Tegucigalpa Sexual Diversity,” which asked the Public Ministry, in particular the Human Rights Prosecutor, to investigate the deaths of their comrades and make a robust response.

Pineda has said that:

“Homophobia is a reprehensible act from every point of view when it is an individual doing it, but even worse when it is because of an action or lack thereof by a state servant.”

Both the United Nations and the U.S. government have expressed concern over the murder of LGBTs and have requested the State to comply with measures to ensure their safety and punish crimes against them.

Since the 2009 coup, LGBT groups have reported increased targeted and brutal persecution and many people have fled the country. The persecution against the LGBT community is more than just political. It reflects a worrying change in the attitude and policy of the Honduran government from that of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Fundamentalist religious groups have a large degree of influence within the elite interests that were behind the coup; the same groups who openly denounce homosexuality as a sickness.

“We knew what a coup meant and how that would harm us. That’s why we protested against [the coup],” said Iván Banegas, coordinator of the group Colectivo Violeta, an LGBT rights group.

“After the coup, the army and police came down especially hard on the transsexuals, many of whom live on prostitution and were in the streets in the middle of the curfews,” he said.

However, the situation was bad even before the coup. In May 2009, one month before the coup, Human Rights Watch warned that Honduran police systematically abused LGBT Hondurans.

Those fleeing to the US, however, face an asylum system which may reject them, or in the case of Honduran Miguel Caceres Juarez, continue to detain him (he was released after a campaign) despite a judge granting ‘withholding of removal,’ a form of immigration protection for people who have suffered or fear persecution in their native countries.

 

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9:56AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo. Auguro loro tutto il bene possibile

4:41AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:03PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

We need to continue to support them through politics and where it hurts any country most- the pocketbook. The US imports coffee, shrimp, bananas, gold, palm oil, fruit, lobster, lumber, textiles, and apparel. Read you labels and be vocal about why you don't purchasae their products.

2:58PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Mee T.,

I am a lesbian and I welcome my transgendered sisters as a part of our larger family. This need to divide people who are all fighting for the same rights based on such differences needs to stop. None of us will get anywhere by being divided. Not every lesbian is exactly like other lesbians and some lesbians still engage in the roles of butch and femme. I've been around many "butch" lesbians that certainly share the same attitudes of hetero men towards their female partners. So they abuse the same as any abusive hetero man. Transgender women certainly don't "pretend" to be a woman because they feel they are a woman in a male's body. Just like a male transgender who was born female yet felt he was born in the wrong sex. Imagine your mind, your emotions, your spirit/soul are female only you have a male body so you try to deny who you are to fit a physical shell. You can't change the essence of who you are but you can, through medicine, get your body to change to match who you really are inside. It is NOT an easy path to go down and I applaude those who have the courage to become who they really are. I was born female and am lesbian but that doesn't mean I'm going to see my transgendered family as someone less than me. Nor am I going to discriminate against them because deep down they are "family" to me.

11:48AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

noted

9:52AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

it is great that the LGBT community of Honduras is standing up for justice to be served. it is awful that the protests are even necessary

3:34AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

transexuals & lesbians should never have been grouped together .. they are too different.

lesbian is an adult woman loving another adult woman. lesbians never pretend to be men. lesbians have sound minds & their need is love .. hence, smart women go to women.

transexuals/transgenders are people who like to play dress up in the opposite sexes cloths & pretend to be the opposite sex. they were born with xy chromosones but, pretend they were born with xx chromosones.

criminals that attack them because of they lifestyles, should get life in prison, and death if they killed the victim.

the usa should step in & find the killers.

3:18AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

I applaud these people for their courage! Sadly I believe this kind of hatred towards GLBT people still exists in some Americans too, one only need listen to some of the Republican presidential candidates to realize this.

7:26PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

I would imagine alot of people who are LGBT,are still in hiding afraid for their lives....
very scarey for everyone...especially the people who come forth.

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