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In Honduras, Special Police Units Investigate Gay Killings

In Honduras, Special Police Units Investigate Gay Killings

Police authorities in two regions of Honduras have established units to only investigate homophobic crimes.

Every month, outside the Ministerio Público (Public Ministry) in downtown Tegucigalpa, Honduras, LGBT people have been protesting 85 unsolved murders of gay people in that small country. The protests are happening on the 13th of each month “because Walter Tróchez was killed on December 13, 2009,” said leader Donis Reyes.

Trochez 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.

La Dirección Nacional de Investigación Criminal (National Criminal Investigation, DNIC) have established new Sexual Diversity Units in the North-West and the capital. Oscar Aguilar, spokesman for the DNIC, said the new units have sufficient staff and adequate training for the investigation of the deaths of gay people.

The units have the support of the Embassy of the United States. The State Department’s 2010 annual Human Rights Report singled out Uganda and Honduras as countries in which LGBT people continue to suffer oppression, violence and even death.

So far this year, nationwide, Honduras has recorded about eight violent deaths of gay people.

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.

 

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4:07PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

Hope is truth and that they really investigate.

9:35AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

While any development like this is to be welcomed, unfortunately I suspect 'pinkwashing' by the golpistas (coupsters) merely to improve their image. The 'Upside Down World' site reports the human rights situation in Honduras as getting worse in fact

10:20PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Last night in Nasville, the 10th annual memorial for Trans women and men was held. Some of the names read belonged to murder victims in Honduras among many other countries. I don't remember the name of one victim, who's murderer wasn't a family member, who's ever gotten justice.

If you can attend a memorial please try to do so. It's a sobering and frightening reminder of how long this has been happening and how much longer families have to endure before justice and peace are finally given to them.

9:33PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

This sounds very sensible. One can only hope it works.

10:59AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Good move.

6:52AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Whatever works:-)

5:18AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

It strikes me as strange that the article singles out Honduras & Uganda, both definitely in need of attention, but doesn't mention all of the countries where gay people are persecuted & killed by their governments by law. These murders in Honduras, while horrific, are not committed by some evil homophobic theocracy like Saudi Arabia & Iran, among others (there are 10 Islamic states that murder gay people under Sharia Law), but are being committed by private individuals. While this is appalling, it isn't the same as a country that by law persecutes & kills them, I think. I wonder why more attention is not paid to the atrocities of these hate states?

5:10AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

There are 82(out of 194) countries in the world that persecute LGBT people by law, most of which, with the exceptions of places like Saudi Arabia & its ilk, are signatories to the Int'l Covenant On Civil & Political Rights which should ban this kind of state-sponsored bigotry. They are in breach of int'l law, all of them.

All Islamic countries voted against a recent French/EU UN Resolution to end discrimination/persecution against & state-sponsored killing of LGBT people (Turkey abstained as they are trying to look like they could fit in with the EU). The OIC(Org of Islamic Countries) said they support human/civil rights as long as they are the same as in Sharia Law, which, in other words, means they don't support anything but the male heterosexual's 'right' to abuse little children (marrying little girls) & controlling women, & women being kept in servitude & virtual slavery,& the killing of those who leave or criticize Islam, women who marry out of it & LGBT people - all of these barbaric tribal practices are part of Sharia Law. No hope for change here until Islam comes into the present scientific modern century & reforms, like mainstream Judaism & Christianity have done. Fat chance.

The Org. of American States has unanimously passed a resolution against discrimination against LGBT people, but like the US itself, these laws are more often not practiced in fact. The good news is, now that the US imposed/supported rightwing dic

3:36AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Amnesty International investigates 1 death, yet they won't consider any deaths caused by circumcision in the USA. It's a sexist org that fails.

3:26AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

While the development is to be welcomed, knowing the oppressive nature of the disgusting Honduras regime, one suspects 'pinkwashing' by the 1% there.
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/kristin-bricker/2009/07/these-are-coup-leaders-they-will-be-judged

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