Archive for June, 2015

El Salvador – Indignation for the Murder of Trans Activist

El Salvador – Indignation for the Murder of Trans Activist

  • 26th June 2015
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El Salvador mourns the passing of the death of the activist for the rights of trans people, Francela Méndez Rodríguez, who was killed last week in El Salvador. She was a member of the Association Alexandria. The international community that defend the rights of the LGBT community condemned this crime and demanded the investigation of the murder. “Francela Méndez was young, educated, kind, hard-working, she was a leader”, said Paty Hernández, a well-known trans activist from El Salvador, who fled her country due to continuous threats of aggression and death. So far this year, in El Salvador, there has been at least 10 violent deaths towards trans people. On the other hand, some fear that during the annual Gay Pride March, the number of homicides increases. Francela worked in the Association Alexandria, which she helped found in 2010. Francela had contributed to the implementation of the activities of the project…
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Panama – supports the first “90”: early HIV detection through testing campaigns of testing

Panama – supports the first “90”: early HIV detection through testing campaigns of testing

  • 12th June 2015
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The National Commission for the Control of HIV (CONAVIH) began a campaign called “Tests that save lives”, aimed at promoting HIV testing and awareness. It is intended for the entire month of June to carry out activities at health centers where HIV testing will be offer for free along with pre and post counseling. “We expect to carry out more than 20,000 HIV testing across the country to detect new HIV cases”, said Dr. Aurelio Núñez, head of the national HIV program. Dr. Núñez said that the confidentiality of the results will be respected at all times, regardless of the results, since they have received dozens of complaints indicating privacy violation by health personnel in different health centers. That has led many people to feel forced to opt for private laboratories, while others simply never get tested. According to statistics of the Panamanian Department of Epidemiology, there are more than…
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Honduras – in favor of equality and non-discrimination

Honduras – in favor of equality and non-discrimination

  • 12th June 2015
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Recently Honduras began its campaign to put an end to discrimination, which they called “free and equal” and seeks to promote respect for the rights and to eradicate discrimination towards the LGBT community. The campaign was developed in the framework of the project “Strengthening of the State of law for the protection and promotion of Human Rights in Honduras”, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Honduras was proposed to develop an unprecedented public education campaign headed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, and of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. It is the first time in history that a campaign of this magnitude is launched; success is assured. It is expected to raise awareness about…
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We keep working together to put an end to violence against women

We keep working together to put an end to violence against women

  • 9th June 2015
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Violence against women is an issue that goes a long way. Different situations, whether social, racial, cultural and religious have always placed the woman in a situation of disadvantage and weakness, which inevitably has led to a potential risk to sexual violence, women trafficking for sexual exploitation, child marriage and other practices that violate the integrity of women, regardless of culture or religion to which they belong. All these situations endanger thousands of girls and young women to acquire HIV and any other sexually transmitted infections that might put their lives at risk. All this, without taking into account the prohibition of the enjoyment of their sex life. The position of subordination that keep many women and girls in their families, communities and societies limited their possibilities of access to information on sexual and reproductive health and use of health care services. In addition, the fear of violence makes many…
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AID FOR AIDS congratulates GESTOS Brazil for their 22 years of hard work

AID FOR AIDS congratulates GESTOS Brazil for their 22 years of hard work

  • 4th June 2015
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We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Brazilian Organization GESTOS (seropositivity, Communication and Gender, member of LACCASO) in the occasion of their 22 years of work and support towards people with HIV and AIDS in Brazil. For more than two decades, GESTOS has been committed to the defense of Human Rights and quality of life of people with HIV or AIDS. In addition, they have worked hard for the empowerment of women and the reaffirmation of respect for diversity. GESTOS is composed of a group of sensitized individuals determined to help those who need it most. Among the services offered by GESTOS is the psychological and social care for people with HIV or AIDS and the training of local multiplier agents and leaders in the legal and free support for the guarantee of Human Rights of people with HIV or AIDS. A long path of social alliances mark…
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Guatemala – working hard to achieve social inclusion of the LGBT population

Guatemala – working hard to achieve social inclusion of the LGBT population

  • 4th June 2015
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The Central American country is currently undergoing a deep crisis within its governmental structure. The Guatemalan people demand the protection of Human Rights as a basic principle to run a country. Within this framework, dozens of members of Guatemalan civil society that work for the fulfillment of the rights of the LGBT population, have raised their voices to assert their rights. The Prosecutor Thelma Aldana, in the leadership of the Public Prosecutor’s Office along with the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, has taken up the challenge to clean up the State of the harmful structures. The Prosecutor has also started to promote structural reforms to support community groups historically segregated, such as the LGBT community. With the support of the Red Nacional de Diversidad, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the LGBT Advocacy’s Office, it is intended to implement a reform to the…
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Mexico takes another step in the recognition of gender change

Mexico takes another step in the recognition of gender change

  • 3rd June 2015
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Recently went public the new process of reform of the civil code of the Federal District of Mexico in terms of creation of new certificates regarding gender identity. In the past it was demanded the applicant to present any clinical evidence or judgment that endorses the respective request. However, thanks to this new reform, applicants only need to meet certain requirements, established by the regulations and the manual of the institution, so they can obtain a new certificate. According to Víctor Hugo Flores, lawyer, specialist in sex education and advocate for the rights of transgender and transsexual people “within the benefits of this administrative procedure of the Federal District, people are not required to present a clinical evidence or report indicating the respective condition”. Commented Mr. Flores. “This situation drastically changed, in comparison to the one established in 2008, and which had remained until the reformation of the 2014. With…
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