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Human rights violations against LGBT persons in Brazil are on the rise

in WORLD, 21/07/2012

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights condemns hate-crimes perpetrated against the community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered persons in Brazil. And attacks against LGBT people in Brazil are on the rise.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights condemns hate-crimes perpetrated against the community of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered persons in Brazil.

And attacks against LGBT people in Brazil are on the rise.

According to data published by the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic or A Secretaria dos Direitos Humanos (SDH), 278 people were killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in 2011.

In 2010, according to the numbers computed by the non-profit organization Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB), the number of LGBT homicides was 260.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has condemned the rising level of homophobia in Brazil for the third time this year.

Meanwhile, president Dilma Rousseff who swore to protect human and civil rights and to further the wellbeing of all Brazilian citizens while in office, remains in total silence regarding this matter.

However, not only the executive branch but also the Brazilian Congress has also not commented on the subject; nor have the president of the Brazilian Senate, nor the head of the Brazilian House of Representatives; furthermore, neither any of the presidents of the different Human Rights Commissions.


Here are some additional primary sources of information.

Please note that the latest related document (in Portuguese only) was obtained today on July 19, 2012, and it is as follows (please see the link right below):

Relatório sobre a Violência Homofóbica no Brasil: o ano de 2011
or
Report about Homophobic Violence in Brazil: the year of 2011.

http://portal.sdh.gov.br/clientes/sedh/sedh/brasilsem/relatorio-sobre-violencia-homofobica-no-brasil-o-ano-de-2011


Further supporting documents previously obtained:
Press release
IACHR Condemns Murder of Gay Adolescent in Brazil
July 16, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of Lucas Ribeiro Pimentel, a 15-year-old adolescent who self-identified as gay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Full text here (in English): http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2012/089.asp

Press Release

IACHR Condemns Attack and Murder Based on Perceived Sexual Orientation in Brazil
July 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder in Brazil of José Leonardo Da Silva, in the context of an attack against him and his brother, José Leandro Da Silva, on the part of persons who perceived them as homosexuals.
Full text here (in English):
http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2012/084.asp


Press Release
IACHR Condemns Murder of Two Trans Women in Brazil
July 6, 2012
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of two trans women during the last week of June 2012 ini Brazil: an unidentified person in Pinhais, Curitiba, State of Parana, and Camila de Mink in Baurú, State of São Paulo.

Full text here (in English):
http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2012/079.asp

Press Release
IACHR Urges States to End Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2012
Washington, D.C. - On the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urges states to adopt and implement the steps necessary to eradicate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Full text here (in English):
http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2012/051.asp
 

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