Colombia Failing to Stem Murders of LGBT People

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07/06/2018

Colombia has made no progress in stopping killings of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, campaigners said, as new research showed more than 100 were killed last year despite an overall fall in the murder rate. Colombia’s murder rate fell to its lowest level in four decades last year, according to government figures, but the number of LGBT people killed has not dropped. There were 109 reported murders of LGBT people last year and 108 in 2016, according to a report by rights group Colombia Diversa. Most victims were gay men or transgender women. “Despite advances made in recognizing [LGBT] rights, the peace process, and the general decrease in homicides in the country, violence against LGBT people does not show a similar reduction,” said the report, published this week.

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