PBI Condemns Murder of Trans Activist in Guatemala

PBI Guatemala condemns the cruel murder of Evelyn Robles, a trans activist found dead on November 18 . Evelyn Robles was accompanied by PBI between 2006 and 2009, due to the threats she faced after having witnessed the extrajudicial execution of Paulina Marrot, another trans activist, in January 2006. Evelyn Robles had identified agents of the National Civil Police as being the authors of this crime, during which she herself was seriously injured. To this day, the murder of Paulina continues in impunity.

ALERT PBI Honduras: LGBT Community at High Risk, Security Situation of The Arcoiris Association

This alert is due to the deteriorating security situation of the LGBT organisation Arcoiris, who have seen 6 of their members murdered since June last year, 5 of these since PBI began accompanying them in July. The situation culminated in the murder of Paola Barraza, a member of Arcoiris' group of trans women known as Grupo Muñecas and member of Arcoiris' board of directors for more than eight years who was murdered on January 24th, 2016.

Sexual minority rights in Guatemala: Struggling for recognition and justice

Jorge López in Guatemala City. Photo: Emma Marshall

The dedication and struggle of human rights defenders like Jorge López represent a beacon of hope for beleaguered LGBT communities in Guatemala.

The director of Guatemala City-based organisation OASIS has been on the receiving end of threats, assaults and spurious criminal charges for his work defending the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Despite this, he continues working tirelessly, offering through OASIS a broad programme of services, training and advice, as well as documenting and reporting the human rights violations, exclusion and discrimination suffered by LGBT communities in his country.

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