Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months
LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days.
According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.
The women were murdered on the streets or in their homes in the capital, Tegucigalpa, and in the cities of Comayagüela and San Pedro Sula.
The attacks ranged from gunshots to setting the victims on fire.
Indyra Mendoza, director of Honduran lesbian group Red Lésbica Cattrachas, said: “The impunity with which these murders have taken place has shaken the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Honduras.
“We need legislative change and prevention programs to end discrimination in Honduras, because at the moment we are living our lives in hiding.”
Human Rights Watch said the women appeared to have been tortured before being killed.
The victims were Idania Roberta Sevilla Raudales, 58; Luisa Alvarado Hernández, 23; Lady Óscar Martínez Salgado, 45; Reana ‘Cheo’ Bustamente; Briget Makaligton and Fergie Alice Ferg.
The government is failing to tackle the killings, Human Rights Watch claims.
Dipika Nath, researcher in the LGBT programme at the charity, said: “The government needs to act urgently to fulfill its obligations under international treaties and swiftly arrest and bring to trial those responsible for these murders.
“It is up to the government to fulfill its commitment to protect the rights of all Hondurans regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation.”