PBI-Honduras accompanies Arcoiris at forum on IACHR ruling on LGBTQI+ rights

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On September 17, PBI-Honduras posted: “PBI accompanied the Asociación LGTB Arcoiris at the forum on the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that declared the State of Honduras responsible for the death of Vicky Hernandez, trans woman activist after the coup in 2009. The event focuses on the trans situation in Latin America and the challenges of the Gender Identity Act that LGTBIQ rights defenders are promoting.”

This past June, The Guardian reported: “In a landmark ruling for transgender rights, the Honduras government has been found responsible for the 2009 murder of the trans woman and activist Vicky Hernández.”

“Hernández was killed on the first night of the June 2009 coup d’état, in which the Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zelaya.”

“Lawyers working on Hernández’s case argued that state agents actually committed the murder. …The court ruling, which ordered Honduras to restart its investigation into Hernández’s death, found ‘several indications of the participation of state agents.’”

“The court [also] ordered Honduras, which has the world’s highest rate of murders of trans people, to pay reparations to Hernández’s family and implement a sweeping range of measures designed to protect trans people, including anti-discrimination training for security forces and state collection of data on violence against LGBTQ+ people.”

“[And the IACHR] ruled that the state must allow people to alter their gender identity on identification documents and public records.”

The Trans Legal Mapping Report notes that in Honduras it’s “not possible” to change your name and that it’s “forbidden by law to make any modification of the sex assigned in the original birth certificate.”

The Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project has accompanied Arcoíris, the LGTB Association of Honduras, since July 2015.

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