LGBT Activists, Assassinated

Erick Martinez Avila

Erick-Martinez-Avila-fue-hallado-muerto-la-manana-de-ayer_480_311The lifeless body of Honduran journalist Erick Martinez Avila was found Monday in a sewer in Guasculile, on the road leading to the department of Olancho (northeast), and with him totals more than 20 journalists killed during the rule of Porfirio Lobo, according to figures from the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR).

Avila, 32 years old, was a member of a community that advocates for gay rights called Kukulcan Association and was the founder of the Diversity Movement in Resistance.

He had also been chosen as a candidate for deputy from the department of Francisco Morazan by the current Popular Refoundation Force (RPF), from the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre), which emerged from the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP), which was created after the coup against then President Manuel Zelaya in 2009.

The National Commissioner of Human Rights. Ramon Custodio, recently condemned the violence against the journalists’ union in Honduras, and reported that at least 21 media workers have been killed in this country in the last three years.

Walter Tróchez

imagesOn December 13, Walter Tróchez, a 27 year-old gay rights activist and member of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup d’Etat, was shot in a drive-by attack by unknown assailants. He died several hours later in a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. According to Honduran NGOs Red Lesbica Cattrachas and Feministas en Resistencia, his is the sixteenth known murder in the Honduran lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community since the military coup on June 28, 2009. Since the ouster of the country’s democratically elected government, a climate of impunity has enabled systematic acts of transphobic and homophobic violence. Nobody has been brought to justice for any of these crimes, many of which were committed publicly. More deaths of LGBT people have likely gone unreported.

The human rights of people in all sectors of Honduran society are being systematically violated as the direct result of the military coup. However, the accelerated rate at which LGBT people have been killed in the last five months suggests a targeted pattern of violence.

As reported by http://hondurashumanrights.wordpress.com

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