MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders
Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
Transgender women who work as sex workers in Honduras are frequently attacked by clients or police officers.
Three trans women have been killed in the last three months while working in the area of Comayagüela, near Palmira.
16 MEPs have signed a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission and the European Council expressing their concerns about recent murders of transgender people in Honduras and particularly the human rights defender Cynthia Nicole Moreno.
The MEPs asked if the European Commission has discussed or have the intention to discuss the violence against transgender people with Honduras’ authorities.
In a separate question to the European Council, MEPs asked if the Council will put pressure on Honduras to protect transgender human rights defenders taking into account the Czech Presidency´s declared priority to support human rights defenders in the world.
The EU is Honduras’ third most important trading partner.
The British MEPs who signed the question were Greens Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas, Labour’s Michael Cashman, Glenys Kinnock, Gary Titley and Richard Corbett, Tory John Bowis and Lib Dem Sarah Ludford.
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New-York based Human Rights Watch has called on the authorities in the central American nation to fully investigate the murder of Cynthia Nicole.
HRW said her murder on January 9th was the latest attack on the trans community.
On October 30th, an attacker killed Yasmin, a transgender sex worker and colleague of Nicole.
The next day an attacker shot Bibi, another transgender sex worker, while she was working in the Obelisco, a park in the centre of Comayaguela.
On December 17th, an attacker stabbed Noelia, a third transgender sex worker, 14 times.
Amnesty has called on the Attorney General to order swift, full and impartial investigations and bring those responsible to justice and called on the Honduran government to condemn violence against transgender people.