Activists: Investigate Honduran Transgender Murders

Published: February 2, 2011

Local activists and human rights groups have called on law enforcement officials in Honduras to investigate the recent murders of transgender women in the Central American country, where advocates point to a rise in hate crimes against LGBT individuals.

Human Rights Watch reports that six transgender women had been murdered in recent months in Honduras, where a 2009 HRW report found widespread failure to investigate attacks on transgender individuals.

"Our fellow transsexuals are murdered on the street with a gunshot to the head," Yndira Mendoza, director of Red Lésbica Cattrachas, told CNN World. "Our fellow gay people are being brutally killed inside their homes. But the last five murders that have happened here in Tegucigalpa have been extreme hate crimes that we have seen in recent times. Victims have been raped, stabbed, shot at, and even strangled."

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