Report of the Special Rapporteur on internally displaced persons, A/HRC/32/35/Add.4, 5 April 2016: Honduras
V. Impact on women, girls and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
46. The Special Rapporteur met representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, who face particularly threats and violence due to their sexuality, which makes them frequent targets of hate crimes. Civil society groups reported 216 deaths of members of that community as a result of hate crimes since 2004, with fewer than one in five cases (19.9 per cent) resulting in prosecution. One representative highlighted that the community feared violence both from gangs and from the police. She stated that “for them to present a complaint can be a death sentence”. Consequently, while accurate figures are unavailable, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are particularly vulnerable to displacement. Once displaced, they remain at heightened risk, extremely vulnerable to abuse and violence, and require dedicated protection measures.
X. Conclusions and recommendations
Protection of women and girls
103. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are targeted and experience disproportionate levels of threat and violence, in addition to widespread stigmatization and discrimination in society. As a first step, the Government should enhance its engagement with that community via those organizations working closely with its members and seek to create a viable protection process that recognizes the heightened risk facing some individuals.
Link to full text of the report: report-sridp-honduras-2016-eng