Transfobia don’t stop: other crimes in Colombia

With death of Tahilí and Verónica there are 16 homicides in the last two years in Colombia and 32 attempt of murders against transsexual prostitute women. You could help to resolve this crimes.

March 9th, Tahilí and Verónica were murdered and other two transsexual women were very close to died that same night. Tahilí was murdered by a shot in the forehead, she was laid down near ChipichapeShopping Center, at the road to Golondrinas. Verónica was attack with a knife and she received 17 mortal stabs which were the reason of her death; this crime happened at Center of Cali, near a sexual work place. We don’t have the information about the transsexual women that were attempt to murder.

With death of Tahilí and Verónica there are 16 homicides and about 32 attempt of murders in the last two years in Colombia. At Bullettin T-Informa N°5, we informed about murdered of Darlyn Acevedo Ramírez who was only 19 years old. This outrages against human rights of trans people are not in investigation and guilties are still in freedom. We need to support urgent action against hate crimes in Cali.

We encourage you to write right now a letter to colombian authorities in order to find responsables of these homicides. As said the slogan of Santa María LGBT Fundation, who follow these actions, “it is not necessary to be in order to defend”.

Feel free to cut and paste our letter (enclosed) as a sample and contact the individuals listed below.

Please send your letters to:

- Presidency Program Against Corruption:

anticorrupcion@presidencia.gov.co

- Observatory of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic:

obserdh@presidencia.gov.co

- Mailbox Information from the Presidency:

buzon1@presidencia.gov.co

cefranco@presidencia.gov.co

- Vice-President of ColombianRepublic

Mr. Francisco Santos:

fsantos@presidencia.gov.co

- HR Program of the Vice-Presidency

Mr. Diego Arias:

pazando@hotmail.com

- HR Director of the Ministry of Interior and Justice:

dhdirector@mij.gov.co

- Ombudsman

Dr. Volmar Perez Ortiz Doctor:

bogota@defensoria.org.co

- Procuraduria General:

jvalero@procuraduria.gov.co

quejas@procuraduria.gov.co

cap@procuraduria.gov.co

reygon@procuraduria.gov.co

webmaster@procuraduria.gov.co

criano@procuraduria.gov.co

reportegedis@procuraduria.gov.co

- General Attorney Office

Dr. Hernan Mario Iguarán Arana:

contacto@fiscalia.gov.co

denuncie@fiscalia.gov.co

- Minister of the Interior and Justice. Human Rights Department

Dr. Carlos Holguin Sardi:

dhdirector@mij.gov.co

- Colombian National Police

direccion@policia.gov.co

- Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations in Geneva

Madam Ambassador Clemencia Forero Ucros

Mission.colombia @ ties.itu.int

Please also send a copy of your letter to:

- santamariagltb@yahoo.com

SAMPLE LETTER

Vice-President of the ColombianRepublic, Mr. Francisco Santos,

I write on behalf of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Intersex Association (ILGA) to express our deep concern over reports of the murders of 16 transgender women in Santiago de Cali, Colombia during the last two years. Santa María LGBT Fundation have reported that the most recent victim of this series of crimes were Tahilí, murdered by a shot in the fronthead, and Verónica, died by seventeen mortal stabs, the night of march 9th, near the Chipichaque Shopping Center and Center of Cali, respectively.

Two months ago we were concerned about Darlyn Acevedo Ramirez, a 19 year old transgender woman who was killed on March 23, 2008. With these recent crimes 16 homicides in the last two years in Colombia and 32 attempt of murders against transsexual prostitute women.

As a member of a institution that signatory to international declarations and treaties which assure the right to life, the right to equality before the law, and the right to non-discrimination, it is Colombia’s obligation to ensure that human rights violations are fully investigated and that perpetrators are brought to justice. This is required in all cases, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Moreover, the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity specify that, “Everyone is entitled to enjoy all human rights without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” and that states should, “adopt appropriate legislative and other measures to prohibit and eliminate discrimination in the public and private spheres on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity” (Principle 2).

We ask that you publicly condemn the murders of transgender women in Santiago de Cali, ensure that local authorities make a full investigation into these crimes, and find and convict the guilty.

We trust that you will give this issue the attention it deserves.

Sincerely,

Belissa Andía Pérez
Trans Secretariat
ILGA


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