The violent loss of life of a transgender asylum seeker in Guatemala final weekend highlights the necessity for efficient safety to be granted to folks compelled to flee their international locations, together with members of the LGBTI neighborhood, urges UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company as we speak
Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated motion restrictions, violence and persecution in opposition to folks on the idea of their gender and sexual orientation continues unabated.
The 27-year-old asylum seeker, whose identify is being withheld for the safety of her household, had fled gender-based violence and persecution by gangs in her native El Salvador and utilized for asylum in Guatemala in 2018.
“We specific our deep condolences to the household and family members of this girl who was making an attempt to rebuild her life in Guatemala after being compelled to flee her nation on account of violence and persecution,” mentioned Giovanni Bassu, UNHCR Regional Consultant for Central America and Cuba.
UNHCR urges states to deliver to justice these chargeable for crimes in opposition to folks on the idea of their gender and sexual orientation whereas taking decisive steps to stop future crimes of this nature. In El Salvador, three policemen had been sentenced to 20 years in jail final week for the homicide of Camila Díaz Córdova. That is the primary ever conviction in El Salvador in a murder of a transgender individual.
UNHCR additionally reiterates its name on governments to make sure that all those that should not capable of obtain such safety of their international locations have unhindered entry to full and honest asylum procedures, consistent with worldwide regulation.
Within the north of Central America transgender persons are usually subjected to brutal harassment and violence, particularly by felony gangs. Based on a 2019 report by Salvadoran-based LGBTI group and UNHCR accomplice COMCAVIS Trans, the vast majority of LGBTI folks – notably transgender ladies – are sometimes initially forcibly displaced inside their very own nation, escaping gang threats, homicide makes an attempt, and bodily and sexual violence. Many usually endure years of violence and persecution earlier than in search of asylum in different international locations.
UNHCR is alarmed that the dangers of violence are heightened on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 160 folks assisted by COMCAVIS Trans because the begin of the pandemic, 79 had been compelled to flee persecution and threats by gangs.
Along with elevated Sexual and Gender Primarily based Violence that has been documented throughout the strict lockdowns throughout the area, LGBTI folks in Central America have additionally had restricted entry to assist.
In collaboration with companions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, UNHCR has continued its common community-based safety initiatives regardless of the difficulties imposed by the pandemic, in an effort to create the circumstances for efficient safety for these forcibly displaced each in international locations of origin and of asylum. UNHCR has additionally elevated its help programmes to supply money assist to LGBTI folks in susceptible circumstances.
For extra data contact:
- In Mexico, Sibylla Brodzinsky, [email protected], + 52 55 8048 5054
- In Panama, William Spindler, [email protected], +507 6382 7815
- In Panama, Diana Diaz, [email protected], + +507 6646-3469
- In New York, Kathryn Mahoney, [email protected], +1 347 443 7646
- In Geneva, Shabia Mantoo, [email protected], +41 79 337 7650