PBI-Honduras accompanies LGTBI organizations at reading of petitions before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Published by Brent Patterson on

On September 23, PBI-Honduras tweeted:

“Yesterday we accompanied organizations of the collective #LGTBI in the Reading of the Petitions of Cases before the @CIDH [Inter-American Commission on Human Rights]. We recall the responsibility of the State to comply with the sentence in the case of Vicky Hernández regarding the recognition of gender identity.”

On Facebook, PBI-Honduras adds:

“From PBI we emphasize the important role that individuals and organizations of the LGBTBI+ collective play in defending human rights, as well as in the fight to guarantee equal rights for all people.”

In June 2021, 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 article continues: “The IACHR [Inter-American Court of Human Rights] ruled that the state must allow people to alter their gender identity on identification documents and public records.”

The Brussels-based International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association explains in its Trans Legal Mapping Report 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 the Centre for LGTBI Development and Cooperation (Somos-CDC) since January 2022 and the Arcoiris (Rainbow) LGTB Association since July 2015.


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