BOGOTA: At least 63 members of Colombia’s lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and intersex group have been killed within the first eight months of this yr, the Andean nation’s human rights ombudsman stated on Tuesday, whereas different acts of violence additionally elevated.
Among these killed have been 17 transgender girls, 12 homosexual males, six lesbian girls and one transgender man, in addition to others whose sexual orientation and gender id couldn’t be specified, though they belonged to the LGBT and intersex group, the group stated.
Intersex refers to individuals who have reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t conform to typical definitions of male or feminine.
The ombudsman, an impartial group that promotes human rights in Colombia, didn’t instantly embody comparative figures from the identical interval in 2019 as assortment of the data began this yr.
From January to August, the group reported 388 circumstances of violence in opposition to LGBT and intersex folks, largely within the type of bodily and psychological aggressions, up from 309 circumstances in the entire of final yr.
“During the pandemic prejudice and discrimination have been exacerbated while obstacles to accessing justice in the receiving of complaints increased,” the ombudsman stated in a press release.
The group, which additionally cited 36 circumstances of aggression by law enforcement officials, known as on the federal government to develop a concrete motion plan to cease violence attributable to prejudice and struggle institutional discrimination that impacts this group in all areas and areas.
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