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FNI Submits Report on Unlawful Killings of LGBT Persons to the United Nations

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May 17, 2024 — The Facts and Norms Institute has submitted an in-depth report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, addressing the unlawful killings of LGBTIQ+ persons in the Americas. The submission aims to inform the Special Rapporteur’s upcoming report at the 79th session of the General Assembly.

The Institute's input builds on extensive document analysis from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), including thematic reports, press releases, resolutions, and cases adjudicated before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Key findings include the prevalence of state-perpetrated violence, legislative failures, and the intersectionality of discrimination affecting LGBTIQ+ persons.

Key points from the submission:

  1. State-Perpetrated Violence: Documented cases of extrajudicial executions and brutal attacks by state agents, including police officers, targeting LGBTIQ+ individuals, particularly trans women and gay men.

  2. Legislative Issues: The persistence of laws criminalizing same-sex intimacy and cross-dressing, exacerbating violence and discrimination. The report advocates for the repeal of such laws and a moratorium on their enforcement.

  3. Intersectional Discrimination: LGBTIQ+ individuals often face compounded discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, leading to higher risks of violence and limited access to justice.

  4. Precautionary Measures: The IACHR’s precautionary measures to protect individuals at risk, detailing cases across various countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

  5. Case Studies and Regional Data: Detailed documentation of killings across the Americas, highlighting specific incidents in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Brazil, and the alarming statistics of violence.

The Facts and Norms Institute, an independent academic institution based in the Global South, is dedicated to promoting a rational, human rights-based approach to social issues. The Institute's mission includes extensive research and advocacy in collaboration with international bodies like the United Nations and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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To read the full report, click here:

Alves HN. Unlawful killings of LGBTQI+ persons in the Americas. UN Input
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