More than 200 LGBT activists in Hondurans have been killed since 2010 and they also face the widespread threat of imprisonment and torture. The shocking figure comes despite the fact that statistics show on average just two LGBT people were murdered each year between 1994-2008. A new report by Duncan Tucker was published yesterday April 20) on the Index on Censorship’s website reveals that after 2009, the rate jumped to almost 31 murders a year, with 37 recorded deaths in 2015 alone.
Speaking to Index on Censorship, Honduran gay rights activist, Danny Reyes said “I’ve been imprisoned on many occasions. I’ve suffered torture and sexual violence because of my activism, and I’ve survived many assassination attempts.” London-based LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell says the world needs to pay more attention to the shocking spate of violence. “This extensive, shocking mob violence against LGBT Hondurans is almost unreported in the rest of the world. The big international LGBT organisations tend to focus on better-known homophobic repression in countries like Egypt, Russia, Iran and Uganda. What’s happening in Honduras is many times worse.”