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Latino Daily News

Wednesday February 2, 2011

Group Urges Honduran Gov. to Investigate Transgender Murders

In Honduras, a group called Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the government to investigate the killings of six transgender women that have all been murdered in the last two months.

Though the government has spoken out against the slayings, HRW is claiming officials have failed to prosecute the attackers of transgendered people.

At ten times that of the United States, Honduras’ murder rate is the highest in Central America, and a rising number of them have been against the LGBTQ community.

“We need legislative change and prevention programs to end discrimination in Honduras, because at the moment we are living our lives in hiding,” said Indyra Mendoza, the director of the lesbian campaign group Red Lesbica.

Since May of 2009, HRW reports that 34 members of Honduras’ LGBTQ community have been murdered, and like the six lost in the last two months, a number of them are also tortured.