(Left to right) Francia Maradiaga (National Human Rights Commission/Conadeh), Grecia O’Hara (Center for LGBTI Development and Cooperation/Somos CDC), Denilson Barrientos (Arcoiris/Rainbow LGBT Association) and Ruby Cardona (Asociación Muñecas de Arcoiris/ Rainbow Dolls Association).

On November 2, the Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project accompanied the presentation of a report on the LGTBIQ+ community in Honduras.

PBI-Honduras tweeted: “This afternoon, the Arcoiris LGTB Association of Honduras and Somos- CDC [Center for Development and LGBTI Cooperation] will share about the situation of the #LGTBI community in #Honduras and the need for a human rights approach in media coverage.”

It also noted: “Together with other organizations they work on several legislative projects for a more inclusive society without discrimination and without hate speech.”

Now Proceso Digital reports: “Crimes against members of the LGTBIQ+ population in Honduras exceed 200. So far this year alone, statistics account for 22 murders while between 2015 and 2020 reports indicate that 183 were the fatalities. Apart from that, violence, discrimination and hatred continue to increasingly exclude and harm them, according to the report on the situation of the diverse community in the country.”

That article continues:

“Systemic violence generates a worrying increase in aggressions and murders, Denilson Barrientos, a member of the LGBT association Arcoiris, told Proceso Digital during an event to expose a reality that deeply violates them.

According to the data of his organization, the LGTBIQ + community of Honduras becomes the most punished in Central America.

Barrientos recalled that, in 2016, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) indicated that 50% of crimes against this group in the region occur in Honduras.

According to the defenders of the rights of the LGTBIQ+ community, the National Police, Military Police and the Army continue to top the list of those responsible for these violations of rights against the collective, especially against trans people.”

The article concludes: “The presentation of the report on the situation of the LGTBIQ+ community in Honduras was sponsored by Brigadas Internacionales de Paz, Association LGTB Arcoíris, SOMOS and the Catalan Agency for Cooperation. (IR).”

PBI-Honduras has accompanied the Arcoíris LGTB Association of Honduras since July 2015.

PBI-Honduras accompanies Arcoiris.