We condemn violence in all its forms against trans people

November 20, 2019

November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is dedicated to the victims of transphobia who have been killed as a result of hatred and fear of trans people, as well as to remembering the ongoing violence suffered by this community.

Unfortunately, this year’s balance is anything but positive.

We are dismayed at the brutal attack on our comrade Alejandra Vega Balenciaga, member of the Trans AFETH Feminist Association in Honduras, on November 9, 2019.

Since the beginning of the year, 41 people from the LGBT+ community have been killed in Honduras. Killed by hate-fueled acts directed against gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people. Some were murdered for being transgenders and sex workers, others for being human rights activists. But all were considered second-class people not worthy of their right to life.

We repudiate the assassination attempt against Alejandra Vega and all forms of violence against LGBT+ people in Honduras and throughout Central America. We likewise condemn the Honduran state’s dereliction of its duty to protect them as individuals, as activists or as human rights defenders.

We demand the Honduran state take immediate measures to prevent additional violence and killings in the country; that protective mechanisms and assistance be put in place for rights defenders and survivors of violence; and that all crimes committed be investigated immediately.

We stand in solidarity with all defenders fighting every single day for the right of LGBT+ people in Honduras and the entire region to exist.

You can read the original statement in Spanish here

Signatories

Hivos

Plataforma Derechos Aquí y Ahora – Honduras

Colectivo Unidad Color Rosa – Honduras

Visibles – Guatemala

Mesa Nacional LGBTIQ – Nicaragua

Mesa de Articulación LGBTIQ+ En El Exilio Capitulo Costa Rica (MESART)

Grupo de Apoyo a Familiares y Amigos de la Diversidad Sexual GAFADIS – Costa Rica

Movimiento Matrimonio Civil Igualitario – Costa Rica

Hombres Trans y No Binarixs – Costa Rica

Transvida – Costa Rica

Asociación Ciudadana ACCEDER-Costa Rica

Síwo Alâr Hombres Trans – Costa Rica

ASPIDH-Arcoíris Trans – El Salvador

Asociación Entre Amigos – El Salvador

Colectivo Alejandría – El Salvador

Ámate El Salvador – El Salvador

Colectivo Normal – El Salvador

Somos Familia – El Savador

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