Venezuela – 47 hate crimes by sexual orientation between 2013 and 2015

  • September 4, 2015
  • News

CRIMENES-DE-ODIODuring the period from May 2013 and May 2015, there was a total of 47 hate crimes by sexual orientation, gender identity and expression of gender in Venezuela. Of these, 29 were murders and 18 attacks, according to the results in a new study by ACCSI (Acción Ciudadana Contra el sida) which was based on the review of 58 articles published in websites and blogs of media and news, and civil society organizations.

The main states in which the crimes occurred were Zulia, Distrito Capital, Aragua and Miranda. Victims killed appeared with bullet impacts, stabbed, beaten with stones and metal objects such as pipes and hammers, throat cuts, and signs of rape.

Another important point to highlight is that 55.6% of the assaults occurred in major public venues such as TV, Twitter, presidential speeches, statements in television and radio public communications of the State system and in the Chamber of the National Assembly.

The law in Venezuela is the absence of laws and public policies that favor the LGBTI community and the lack of responses by public institutions to the persistent situations of discrimination, exclusion and violence and even murders of persons due to sexual orientation. The seriousness of impunity is such that it is unknown the status of the results of these murders.

In Venezuela, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are totally abandoned by the Venezuelan State.

Among the report’s recommendations, a call is made to the State to recognize that discrimination, violence, hatred and impunity crimes based on sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity may be cause of new cases of HIV infection.

You can read the full report from ACCSI at this link.