Update: Three More Murders in Honduras, Including Yet Another Travesti Woman

Civil Society Protest Planned At Public Ministry January 12

Only hours after releasing Monday’s Action Alert calling for Honduran authorities to respond to the recent murders of three travesti women and to be held accountable for the 31 deaths of LGBTI people in Honduras in the last year and a half, civil society learned of two more individuals found murdered in Comayagüela City. Local media reports that on January 7, 2011, two individuals were found together, dead in front of a pharmacy between the Third and Fourth Avenue of Comayagüela City: an unidentified man of approximately 25-30 years and a travesti woman known as Genesis, who was about 23-27 years old.

According to media report, the deaths occurred between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm in a different location, and that the bodies were left by the pharmacy, to be found at 9:00 pm. A police report states that the cause of death in both cases was asphyxiation by strangulation. One newspaper reported that the police are on the trail of the perpetrators, who immediately fled the scene of the crime.

In response to the the more than 1000 letters demanding action of the the Special Attorney of Human Rights, sent in the past 24 hours in response to IGLHRC’s and Red Lesbica Cattrachas’s call for action, she has contacted Red Lesbica Cattrachas and reported some actions the office of the Special Attorney of Human Rights has made in relation to the three earlier murders.

Red Lesbica Cattrachas has also received initial information that yet another person has been murdered, on January 10, 2011. More information about this death is forthcoming.

These killings are not occurring in a vacuum. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has already expressed concern at violations of the human tights of women, children, indigenous people and Garifuna (African-Indian) community, highlighting that those against lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender people have worsened since the coup in Honduras on June 28, 2009. IACHR reports that during a visit to Honduras, from 15 to 18 May 2010, the Commission’s representatives could see continued impunity for violations of human rights. The Commission and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations have confirmed these findings.

In response to the constant attack on minorities, vulnerable groups, and civil society, there will be a protest outside the Public Ministry January 12, 2011.