Good Will Towards All Men

December 22, 2009 by Amy Spicer
Filed under: International, Politics 
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Walter Orlando Trochez was just 27 years old when he was gunned down in the Honduran city of Tegucigalpa. An HIV/AIDS outreach worker who had been active both in the LGBT movement and in political activity opposing the coup, Trochez had recently reported to the Attorney General’s Office that four armed men in civilian clothes attempted to kidnap him and that there had been a series of threats against his life because of his sexual orientation and participation in the resistance movement.

He made that report on December 5th. He was killed on December 14th.

Since the June 2009 coup d’état, which ousted President Manuel Zelaya, violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Honduras has accelerated. And authorities have failed to respond.

“The mounting violence against people who look or love differently in Honduras reflects a crisis of intolerance,” said Juliana Cano Nieto, researcher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.

The organization has called for both full investigations of all reported killings, and spoke to the number that go unreported. They are also asking for human rights training for the police and the judiciary about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Watch released a report in May, “Not Worth a Penny: Human Rights Abuses against Transgender People.” Aptly titled given the current political climate, it documents the killings of 17 transgender women between 2006-2008 and the subsequent lack of authority involvement. Currently, none of these have been investigated much less prosecuted. There has been no justice for these women, killed solely based on their sexual orientation.

Honduras has been in political flux since the coup, and the human rights atrocities and violations are going unnoticed. Unnoticed equals tolerated. Innocent lives are lost because violence against the LGBT population is acceptable.

Join the Human Rights Watch in demanding changes from the Honduran government starting with zero tolerance for violence against LGBT people. Demand that they conduct independent investigations into the phenomenon of homophobic violence. And demand justice for Walter Orlando Trochez.

For more info visit Human Rights Watch.

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