The IACHR has received reports of the murders of 15 LGBTI people in the region in the month of June this year alone. This includes:
While the murders are deeply distressing and shocking, the fact that these cases are reaching the IACHR, and their prompt condemnation of the violence is a positive development. The IAHCR created a specific technical unit to strengthen its capacity to protect the rights of LGBTI people in the Americas last October.
“That the Inter American Commission has created this unit and is consistently reporting on these human rights abuses and violations is extremely important,” says Anamaria Bejar, Head of the Latin America and Caribbean team at the Alliance. “It shows that killings targeted to the LGBT community are one of the biggest human rights issues in the region.”
In a region where levels of stigma and discrimination towards LGBTI people are very high, it is crucial to denounce this violence and call on governments to investigate it thoroughly. The IACHR urges governments to take action to protect and promote the human rights of LGBTI people in the region, in terms of public awareness campaigns and changing policies and laws.
What is the Alliance Doing?
The link between high levels of stigma and discrimination and acts of violence in the region is clear to the Alliance and its linking organisations in LAC. That is why many Alliance programmes address stigma and discrimination in the region.
To this end, the Alliance and REDLACTRANS, have commissioned a human rights report on violence and impunity faced by transgender people in Latin America which will be published later in 2012. The report will focus on:
- how states have responded to these crimes
- the impact of transphobia on the rights of transgender people
- the ability of transgender people to access HIV and other health services
On Thursday 26 July Alliance Linking Organisations Colectivo Sol (Mexico), Atlacatl (El Salvador), and regional networks REDLACTRANS and REDTRASEX will speak at ‘Life with dignity: building community responses to stigma in Latin America’, a panel discussion at the International AIDS Conference in Washington. Find out more about Alliance events at the conference.
it is crucial to denounce this violence and call on governments to investigate it thoroughly