September 22nd, 2014 – The Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) is sending an alert on recurrent harassment to activists and community advocates LGTBI in Honduras.
According to the injunction 457-13 of the Inter-american Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), granted in favor of the Association for a Better Life (APUVIMEH): since 2009, the members of the community LGTBI have been the subject of assassination, threats, acts of aggression and harassment as a result of their activity in defense of the community.
The injunction recorded that in 13 December 2009 the defender and former Secretary General of APUVIMEH was killed; between August and November 2013 stalking of several members of the association was intensified and that that on December 15 of that same year, broke a celebration for blackmail and threaten death to all the members if they didn’t paid if certain amount. It is presumed that the threat comes from members of the State security body and it is worth mentioning that until that time, no state authority had accorded protection for them.
Subsequently to the resolution of the injunction, there have been more cases of harassment: tracking, taking photographs and residential breaking of an individual by the police; and also in September of this year, there was a case of physical assault and threat to the coordinator of the Lesbian Collective ANAT/APUVIMEH, Jennifer Nahomi Artola Zambrano.
The Permanent Secretariat of REDLAD, platform for more than 520 organizations that defend democracy and human rights, Official member of the Civil Society Forum of the OAS (Organization of American States) and Regional Chapter of World Movement for Democracy (WMD):
- Demands that the Government of Honduras comply with the relevant measures set out in that resolution, as well as to facilitate a better attention in relation to these cases.
- Requests that the investigations to be made and bring the person or persons responsible before the courts.
- Speak up for all human rights defenders, in particular for the defenders of the community LGTBI who have been affected in Honduras.