I just received this alert from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:
On March 23, 2006, 19-year-old Darlyn Acevedo Ramirez was murdered in the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia. This is one of 13 unsolved murders of trans women that have taken place in the past two years. Besides these terrible crimes, the physical, psychological and ethical mistreatment suffered by trans women in Santiago de Cali is a serious and continuous problem, and a daily violation of the human and constitutional rights of this community.
Among the rights violated in this case are:
- The right to life;
- The right to and security of the person;
- The rights to be free from discrimination;
- The right to equal protection before the law; and
- The right to simple and prompt recourse to a competent court for protection
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Santamaria Foundation GLTB of Colombia ask your support in seeking the urgent resolution of these crimes as well as in instituting measures to prevent them from happening in the future. We request that letters be sent immediately to the Colombian authorities, demanding immediate action to investigate and prevent these terrible human rights violations.
Read the entire alert here, where you can also find a sample letter you can cut and paste along with email addresses for Columbian government officials.
In the past two years, the community of over 3,000 Cali trans women has experienced 13 homicides and over 30 attempted murders. That means that a trans woman in this community has more than a 1-in-70 chance of being a victim of a life-threatening attack. And before you object by noting that Columbia has one of the highest murder rates in the world, note also that a trans woman’s chance of getting murdered is over 20 times the national average. And that not a single case has been solved.
Please take a moment to send some emails. If you won’t do that much, please take ten seconds to pray that this violence will end.