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  Guatemala Individual Documents Since 2004
This Folder contains information that has been obtained since 1/1/05 but does not necessarily mean it is from 2005. Some of the information could be dated from a previous year but obtained during 2005.
  Informe Guatemala Transfobia- Agresiones y Crímenes de Odio - Guatemala Report Transphobia, aggressions ande hate criems- by Luiz Zapeta Mazariegos, OTRANS Rainas de La Noche, REDLACTRANS, 05/01/11:http://gayguatemala.com/articulos/art143.htm
El informe recoge casos documentados en medios de comunicación, en su mayoría confrontados con denuncias realizadas a instituciones de defensa de derechos humanos e investigación criminal, así mismo ilustra a través de testimonios recogidos entre personas clave de la comunidad y con resultados de encuesta realizada por Reinas de la Noche sobre la situación de las trans en el país.
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This report gathers documented cases from various media, mostly gathered from reports carried out at institutions of defense of human rights and criminal investigations, while illustrating from testimony gathered among key people in the community and with survey results carried out by the Queens of the NIght about the trans situation in the country.

(PDF - 4,608 KB) Document Date: 1 May 2011
  La dura realidad de las transgéneros en Guatemala / The harsh reality of transgender people in Guatemala - by Carlos Rigalt C., http://www.sentidog.com/, on 02/24/11: http://www.sentidog.com/lat/2011/02/la-dura-realidad-de-las-transgeneros-en-guatemala/
Johana Ramirez, representante de Otrans, habla de una treintena de travestis asesinadas o desaparecidas en el país entre 2009 y 2010.

Las personas transgénero a menudo enfrentan retos ?únicos? que las hacen sumamente vulnerables y marginadas en la sociedad, dice Otrans.  Julio Coyoi, de la subdirección de rehabilitación social del Sistema Penitenciario, subraya cómo en las cárceles estas personas llegan a sufrir vejaciones que difícilmente se conocen afuera.  ?Hubo un caso de una transexual que estaba asignada a una cárcel de mujeres y nadie lo sabía? u otros que, cumpliendo su condena en una cárcel de hombres, y con el afán de buscar ?protección? de parte de otros reclusos, permiten que se les abuse sexualmente.  ?Es un fenómeno muy complejo, y no se puede desarrollar un programa si no se tiene una idea de cuántas? existen dentro de las cárceles.  Esto se ignora actualmente, agregó. [2]

(PDF - 175 KB) Document Date: 24 Feb 2011
  Guatemala Country Report for use in refugee claims based on persecution relating to sexual orientation and gender identity - Produced: University of Toronto Faculty of Law- International Human Rights Proram, November 29, 2010 :
Table of contents:
Introduction...................................................................3
Legislation..................................................................3
Case Law.........................................................................5
Government Reports ...........................5
Reports from International Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations...........................8
Newspaper and Media Reports.............................................................10
Scholarship...........................................................12
Links to Active LGBT Organizations in Guatemala.............................................................13

(PDF - 381 KB) Document Date: 29 Nov 2010
  La financiación pública para prevenir el Sida en Guatemala es insuficiente, según la OPS / Public financing for HIV prevention in Guatemala is not sufficient, according to OPS (Panamerican Health Organization)- BY Agencia EFE, 07/27/10: http://www.google.com/hostednews/epa/article/ALeqM5jNYxOYuujHDReAV7bKic-I94U3hA
"Guatemala, 27 jul (EFE).- La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) advirtió hoy que la financiación pública destinada para prevenir y combatir el sida en Guatemala es insuficiente al cubrir apenas el 12 por ciento de las necesidades anuales en esa materia."

"Además de ello, agregó Balladelli, se deben reforzar las capacidades de las instituciones de defensa de los derechos humanos en relación con el VIH, a fin de alcanzar "un impacto favorable en la reducción del estigma, la discriminación, la homofobia y maltrato hacia los grupos de la diversidad sexual, que han de considerarse entre los más vulnerables a la epidemia".

"The Panamerican Health Organization (OPS) announced today that public financing destined for the prevention and combat of AIDS in Guatemala is sufficient to cover only about 12% of the annual necessities in that area."

"Aside from that, added Balladelli, they need to reinforce the capacity of the human rights defense institutions relating to HIV, with the goal of achieving a favorable impact on the reduction of stigma, discrimination, homophobia and mistreatmeant towards sexually diverse groups, which must be considered the most vulnerable to the epidemic."

(PDF - 109 KB) Document Date: 27 Jul 2010
  El 85 por ciento de los guatemaltecos rechaza el matrimonio entre homosexuales, según una encuesta / 85 percent of Guatemalans reject marriage between homosexuals according to a poll - by EFE, www.google.com, on 07/04/10: http://www.google.com/hostednews/epa/article/ALeqM5grV_8ExMv70gmiZtfhlFlFPAzxvQ
"Del reducido 12% que dijo estar a favor de las bodas entre personas del mismo sexo, el 59% se manifestó en desacuerdo con que los homosexuales que contraigan matrimonio puedan adoptar niños."

"La sociedad guatemalteca, altamente conservadora y religiosa, se ha manifestado contraría en diversas ocasiones a las iniciativas que sectores liberales han impulsado en el pasado para lograr la aprobación de los matrimonios entre homosexuales."

"Of the small 12% which said that they are in favor of marriage between same sex couples, 59% expressed that they were in disagreement that homosexuals who marry should be able to adopt children."

"The Guatemalan society, highly conservative and religious, has expressed on various occasions that they are against initiatives which liberal sectors have imposed in the past in order to achieve the approval of same sex marriage."

(PDF - 131 KB) Document Date: 4 Jul 2010
  Gay Life in Modern Guatemala 2010 - By Richard Ammon, Globalgayz.com, on 04/30/10: http://www.globalgayz.com/country/Guatemala/view/GTM/gay-life-in-modern-guatemala-2010
Intro: This small ambitious country is one of Central America?s more prosperous nations but it doesn?t appear that way even to a casual visitor. Under the glaze of business and industry are serious human rights abuses, especially against LGBT people. Here is a small portrait of life when one is gay, poor, and disenfranchised. However, there is a bright spot in the form of the LGBT organization, OASIS.
(PDF - 2,674 KB) Document Date: 30 Apr 2010
  Crimenes de Odio en Guatemala- Una aproximación a los retos y desafíos para el desarrollo de una investigación sobre los crímenes en el país en contra de gay, bisexuales y trans / Hate Crimes in Guatemala- An approximation to the obstacles and challenges for the development of research of the crimes in the country against gay, bisexuals and trans - by Colectivo Amigos Contra SIDA, April 2010 [04/30/10]: http://www.amigoscontraelsida.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=13&Itemid=90
Indice

Listado de acronimos 6
Introducción 7
Objetivos del estudio 9
Metodologia de trabajo 9
Definiciones importantes 12
Crimenes de Odio 12
Hallazgos 16
Conclusiones del Estudio 47
Recomendaciones 49

(PDF - 717 KB) Document Date: 30 Apr 2010
  Special report: Transphobia and hate crimes in Guatemala - by AIDSAlliance.org on 04/06/10: http://www.aidsalliance.org/NewsDetails.aspx?Id=543
"So far this year in Guatemala 13 transgender people have been murdered and a 20 year old transgender person is missing.
"Johana Ramirez, a leader of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People (Redlactrans), was the victim of attempted murder. Here she talks to Key Correspondent, Alejandra Ruffo, about how these ?hate crimes? are carried out with impunity in Guatemala."

?We?re really afraid of the national civil police and the public ministry, because of their direct actions towards us, and the things we have seen?, says Johana. "There have been human rights violations by security staff and uniformed persons. People who hold power in our country.?

(PDF - 182 KB) Document Date: 6 Apr 2010
  Guatemala: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 03/08/10: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/wha/154507.htm
Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights support groups alleged that members of the police sometimes waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. A lack of trust in the judicial system and a fear of further persecution or social recrimination discouraged victims from filing complaints. There was general societal discrimination against LGBT persons in access to education and health care, employment, statelessness, and housing. The government undertook minimal efforts to address this discrimination.

(PDF - 222 KB) Document Date: 8 Mar 2010
  Guatemala- INTERVIEW: Human rights activist Jorge Lopez -by news.pinkpaper.com on 02/12/10: http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=2408
"The executive and judicial powers have absolutely no interest in protecting the vulnerable or enforcing justice. Attacks on gay people remain unpunished, leading to a culture condoning violence against the LGBT community. This impunity exists because of a fundamental failure of the State."

"The country is facing a HIV epidemic, yet the government refuses to acknowledge the problem. Any money for HIV treatment is given solely for the rich elite, leaving poorer people such as sex workers with only international aid to treat the virus."

"The tasks of protecting LGBT people from violence, as well as changing social attitudes of his country, are ones Lopez is ready to tackle."

(PDF - 398 KB) Document Date: 12 Feb 2010
  Guatemala, país de Sicarios/ Guatemala, a country of hit men- by research team, www.elperiodico.com, on 01/17/10: http://www.elperiodico.com.gt/es/20100117/domingo/133129
Excerpt:
Side note of the article: see "Ejecuciones extrajudiciales"

"Ataques contra homosexuales: Entre 1996 y 2008, se han registrado al menos 58 asesinatos de homosexuales, lesbianas y transexuales. Aunque las cifras reales son mucho mayores por la falta de denuncias."

"Attacks against homosexuals: Between 1996 and 2008, at least 58 murders of homosexuals, lesbians and transsexuals have been recorded. However, the real figures are much greater but lack accusations."

(PDF - 72 KB) Document Date: 17 Jan 2010
  Guatemala: Stop Trans Murders in Guatemala, by IGLHRC on 11/19/09: http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/1021.html
"Three trans women were brutally murdered in Guatemala in just one week between October 26 and November 2, 2009.

On Monday October 26th, Kenia Mayli was shot to death in the center of Guatemala City. Her body showed signs that she was tortured by being hit by a car around her head and shoulders before she was shot.

Then, on Saturday, October 31, Jessica Andreina's body was found by other trans women colleagues, in the city of Puerto Barros, departament of Izabal, in the north of the country. She was also killed by gunfire.

Shortly thereafter, on Monday November 2nd, Sabrina Garcia Carjas, was stoned to death. Sabrina was a member of the organization OTRANS ? Reinas de la Noche."

(PDF - 149 KB) Document Date: 19 Nov 2009
  Guatemala: Transexuales, despreciados en la sociedad - Transexuals, despised in society- by Alba Trejo, http://rotativo.com.mx/ on 07/08/09: http://rotativo.com.mx/globales/guatemala_transexuales_despreciados_en_la_sociedad/613,4,16495,html
"Guatemala, julio (Especial de SEMlac).- Los ven despectivamente, son tratados con asco y reducidos a la categoría de personas sin derechos. No tienen acceso a hospitales, son objeto de burla y reciben golpes en las calles por transformar su cuerpo de hombre a mujer. Muchos, incluso, han muerto asesinados a sangre fría."

"Así vive la comunidad transexual en Guatemala. Una descripción que, aunque cruel, ilustra la realidad de al menos unos 7.000 de ellos."

"Porque vivir en una sociedad cargada de machismo y discriminación, y dejar aflorar un comportamiento sexual distinto con el que se nace, es someterse a la burla, al rechazo y al desprecio", asevera Johana Ramírez, quien dirige la Organización de Transexuales (Otrans) Reinas de la noche, en este país centroamericano."

They look upon them with contempt, they are treated with loathing, and reduced to the category of people without rights. They don't have access to hospitals, they are the object of mockery and they receive beatings in teh streets because they transfomr their body from that of a man to a woman. Many have even been murdered in cold blood."

"So lives the transexual community in Guatemala. A description which, even though cruel, illustrates the reality of at least 7,000 of them."

"Because to live in a society full of machismo and discrimination, and to allow a distinct sexual behavior to flourish to that with which one is born, is to subject oneself to mockery, rejection and contempt," asserts Johana Ramirez, director of the Transexual Organization (Otrans) Queens of the night, in this centralamerican country."

(PDF - 95 KB) Document Date: 8 Jul 2009
  Civil Rights Groups Urge Ninth Circuit to Reconsider Denial of Asylum to Gay Man from Guatemala- by LGBT Asylum News, on 04/24/09: http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2009/04/civil-rights-groups-urge-ninth-circuit.html
"Today, Immigration Equality and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed a friend of the court brief urging the Ninth Circuit to rehear its decision in Martinez v. Holder, 557 F.3d 1059 (9th Cir. 2009). Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied asylum to Saul Martinez, a gay man from Guatemala. Martinez fled Guatemala after he was beaten, sexually assaulted, and threatened by a Guatemalan Congressman and repeatedly harassed by the Guatemalan police?all because he was gay."
(PDF - 357 KB) Document Date: 25 Apr 2009
  Guatemala: Amicus Curiae Brief in support of Petioner's request for panel rehearing en back- Guatemala gay man by Immigration Equality and National Cener for Lesbian Rights on 04/25/09: http://www.nclrights.org
I.AT THE TIME PETITIONER INITIALLY FILED FOR ASYLUM IN 1992, THERE WAS NO PRECEDENT ESTABLISHING SEXUAL ORIENTATION AS A BASIS FOR ASYLUM

II. ?COMING OUT? AS GAY IS A LIFE-LONG PROCESS AND IT IS REASONABLE THAT PETITIONER WAS NOT ABLE TO DISCLOSE HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT UNTIL HE HAD BEEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES FOR SEVERAL

(PDF - 89 KB) Document Date: 25 Apr 2009
  Guatemala- NC24192: Let Saul stay, by Immigration Equality & National Center for Lesbian Rights, published by Rex Wockner on 04/24/09
"Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, added, "It is understandable that a person who has been brutalized by his own government for being gay may be afraid to disclose his sexual orientation when he first applies for asylum. To find Martinez not credible simply because he was fearful of telling a U.S. government official he was gay--after he had been sexually assaulted and beaten by government officials in his country--is a travesty."
(PDF - 40 KB) Document Date: 24 Apr 2009
  Guatemalan activists appeal to Canadians - NEWS / Queers face violence, discrimination in Central America - by Jorge Antonio Vallejos /www.xtra.ca/ March 18, 2009: http://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Guatemalan_activists_appeal_to_Canadians-6470.aspx
"Paulina's case is sleeping in the Guatemalan courts," says Lopez. He describes his hope that Paulina's killers would be brought to justice as a "big illusion."

Fearing for her life after being followed and receiving several death threats, Zulma hid in a safe house for two years after the 2005 attack, not once leaving the location.

"I only leave my house once a week now," says Zulma, adding that she thanks international human rights organizations for their efforts which she credits with helping her live a safer life by keeping an eye on her and her situation.

(PDF - 72 KB) Document Date: 18 Mar 2009
  Diversity and cross-cultural issues in Guatemala- by Peace Corps Wiki on 03/13/09: http://www.peacecorpswiki.org
"In Guatemala, the common conception of homosexuality is different than that in the United States. Homosexuals are commonly thought to be gay men (not women) who dress in women?s clothes and are often prostitutes. If one doesn?t fit into this category, they are generally assumed to be heterosexual. However, homosexual relationships are considered by many to be taboo and could provoke serious reactions in rural communities. For Volunteers, there may be pressure to live more ?in? than ?out,? especially in rural communities, despite having been ?out? in the United States."
(PDF - 42 KB) Document Date: 13 Mar 2009
  Guatemala: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2008 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 02/25/09: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/wha/119161.htm
"Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination

The law does not criminalize homosexuality or expressly include sexual orientation among the categories prohibited from discrimination. There was social discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons. Homosexual rights support groups alleged that members of the police regularly waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that patrons and persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. Due to a lack of trust in the judicial system and out of fear of further persecution or social recrimination, victims were unwilling to file complaints.

The law does not expressly include HIV status among the categories prohibited from discrimination, and there was social discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS."

(PDF - 131 KB) Document Date: 25 Feb 2009
  Guatemalan trans rights advocate faces arrest warrant By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk - January 21, 2009 : http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-10769.html/
"He later submitted complaints about police misconduct against sex workers, shortly before the arrest warrant against him was issued. "On Friday January 23, 2009, López faces a court hearing and may be sent to prison. "Given the nature of his work, he would face considerable risks in prison.
(PDF - 84 KB) Document Date: 21 Jan 2009
  Demand Review of Charges against Guatemalan LGBT Activist - Human Rights First 01/20/08
López is the director of a prominent organization that works to protect the rights of transgendered sex workers in Guatemala and he has spent many years advocating for them. He worked closely with the victim and sought police protection for her shortly before the attack. He later submitted complaints about police misconduct against sex workers, shortly before the arrest warrant against him was issued.
(PDF - 240 KB) Document Date: 20 Jan 2009
  Guatemalan gay event bombed with tear gas - Rex Wockner International News # 759 11/10/08
"Despite the fact that complaints have been made to the authorities, there has been no response" to the incident, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

A similar attack took place last year at a GLBT festival in the town of La Blanca.

(PDF - 20 KB) Document Date: 10 Nov 2008
  Guatemala: Action Alert-Demand an Investigation into Attack on "Our Gay Beauty" Event - IGLHRC 10/31/08
Summary
On October 18, 2008, two Guatemalan organizations-Amigos contra el Sida and Asociación Gay de Samayac-organized an event called "Our Gay Beauty" in Samayac Suchitepéquez. The event itself was focused on HIV prevention in the context of the campaign by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. During the evening, someone threw a tear gas bomb into the space where the event was being held. While no one was seriously injured, people fainted, children became excessively tearful, and everyone was affected by the fumes. This is the second time this year that tear gas bombs have been used to attack events held by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

Among the rights violated in this case are:

* The right to liberty and security of the person
* The right to be protected as a human rights defender
* The right to be free from violence
* The right to freedom of expression
* The right to effective remedy

(PDF - 81 KB) Document Date: 31 Oct 2008
  Ataque con Bomba en Actividad del Colectivo Amigos Contra el Sida en Suchitepequez- Bomb attack during event by Friends Against AIDS Collective in Suchitepequez - by Redacción Gay Guatemala Internacional- 01/18/08
Guatemala.- Una bomba lacrimógena fue arrojada la noche del pasado sábado 18 de octubre en un local de la población de Samayac en el Departamento de Suchitepequez (185 Kms. de la capital del país), en donde se realizaba el evento Nuestra Belleza Gay, organizado por el Colectivo Amigos Contra el Sida. Personas desconocidas ingresaron al Salón y lanzaron el artefacto explosivo, causando el pánico entre los asistentes y crisis nerviosas por efectos del gas. Amigos Contra el Sida, realiza diferentes actividades, como parte de las acciones para captar la atención de la diversidad sexual en esta zona del país. El Colectivo Amigos Contra el Sida, publicó un comunicado de prensa, repudiando los hechos y pidiendo una investigación.

Guatemala-A tear gas bomb was thrown last Saturday night, the 18th of October, in an area of the city of Samayac in the Department of Suchitepequez (185 kilometers from the capital of the country), where the event of Our Beautiful Gay was taking place, organized by the group Friends Against AIDS. Unknown persons entered the room and threw the explosive device, causing a panic among those in attendance and a nervous breakdown from affects of the gas. Friends Against AIDS sponsors different activities, like, and some of the activities are in order to capture the attention of the sexual diversity in this are of the country. The group Friends Against AIDS, published a press release, repudiating the facts and asking for an investigation.

(PDF - 36 KB) Document Date: 19 Oct 2008
  Guatemala- ONU: la homofobia es «cómplice» del SIDA en Latinoamérica- UN: Homophobia is the AIDS acomplice in Latin America- 05/17/08
Ciudad Guatemala. Agencia ACAN-EFE. | mayo 17, 2008 La Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) aseguró este sábado que la homofobia sigue siendo el "cómplice" del Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida (sida) en América Latina, donde unos 2,5 millones de personas padecen esta enfermedad.

En Guatemala, donde se detectó el primer caso en la región en 1984, se han reportado más de 10.380 personas con sida, el 94 por ciento de ellos infectados por vía sexual. La comunidad homosexual reclama con frecuencia a las autoridades en este país que se les garantice el acceso a salud, educación y empleo, sin discriminación por su preferencia.

Guatemala City: Agency ACAN-EFE. May 17, 2008. The United Nations assured this Saturday that homophobia contines to be the "accomplice" of AIDS in Latin America, where some 2.5 million people suffer from this disease. In Guatemala, where the first case was detected in 1984, more than 10,380 cases of people with AIDS have been reported, 94% of which were infected through sexual activity. The homosexual community frequently demands from the authorities in this country that they guarantee the access to health, education and employment, without discrimination for their preference.

(PDF - 128 KB) Document Date: 17 May 2008
  Guatemala: Discriminación laboral hacia personas con VIH-sida- Labor discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS- by Alba Trejo rotativo.com.mx/ 05/17/08
Guatemala, mayo (SEMlac).- Ser portador del VIH-sida y solicitar empleo en este país es condenarse a la marginación y al rechazo de los empleadores, que ven, en quien padece la enfermedad, un riesgo de contagio para sus demás empleados.

Por lo menos así lo experimentan 95 de cada 100 personas seropositivas en Guatemala, donde 10,756 personsa viven con VIH-sida.

Guatemala, May. (SEMlac). To be a carrier of HIV-AIDS and to seek employment in this country is to condemn oneself to exclusion from society and rejection from employers, who see, in those who carry the disease, a risk of infection for the other employees.

At least that is what happened to 95 of every 100 HIV- positive people in Guatemala where 10,756 people live with HIV-AIDS.

(PDF - 252 KB) Document Date: 17 May 2008
  Guatemala- US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2007 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 03/11/08
Other Societal Abuses and Discrimination

The law does not criminalize homosexuality, but it also does not expressly include sexual orientation or HIV status among the categories prohibited from discrimination. There was social discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and persons with HIV/AIDS. Homosexual rights support groups alleged that members of the police regularly waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that patrons and persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. Due to a lack of trust in the judicial system and out of fear of further persecution or social recrimination, victims were unwilling to file complaints.

(PDF - 106 KB) Document Date: 11 Mar 2008
  GUATEMALA THE SITUATION OF LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER WOMEN WITH RESPECT TO DISCRIMINATIO- Organization of Bisexual and Lesbian Women ?Desde Nosotras? -43rd Session, January 19 - February 6, 2009- Author: Zuly Polanco on 01/30/08: www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/.../DesdeNosotras_Guatemala43.pdf
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws43.htm

This report seeks to offer a view of the situation that Lesbians, Bisexual, Transgender, and Transsexual women face, living in the City of Guatemala, particularly as regards discrimination based on sexual orientation1 and gender identity.2

(PDF - 155 KB) Document Date: 30 Jan 2008
  Guatemala: Travestis acusan a PNC de ataque-Transvestites accuse the PNC of attack-La Hora-12/17/05
Uno falleció y el otro está herido tras hechos de anoche; dicen que fueron motorista de la policía

One died and another is wounded according to facts from last night; they say that they were motorists from the police

(PDF - 203 KB) Document Date: 1 Jan 2008
  Guatemala: Asesinan a travestido-Transvestite Assassinated-Prensa Libre-10/03/02
Por/By Julio F. Lara

Un travestido murió apuñalado en la 3a avenida y 16 calle, zona 1, y el cadáver de otro hombre fue localizado en la 5a avenida y 17 calle. La Policía investiga si las muertes tienen relación.

A transvestite was stabbed to death on 3rd Avenue and 16t Street, Zone 1, and the body of another man was found on 5th Avenue and 17th Street. The police are investigating if the two deaths are related.

(PDF - 235 KB) Document Date: 1 Jan 2008
  Guatemala: Matan a travesti-Transvestite killed-Al Día-02/29/04
Un travestí conocido sólo como "Chirli", quien caminaba por la 2a. avenida y 14 called de la zona 1, fue atacado a balazos por sujetos que se conducían en un carro, informaron lost Bomberos Municiaples. La víctima de unos 22 años, sufrió various balazos en la cabeza y la espalda; no protaba documentos. Vestía minifalda y medias negras, sudadero azul y una peluca café.

An transvestite known only as "Chirli" who was walking on 2nd Avenue and 14th Street in Zone 1, was shot by subjects who were driving in a car the Municipal Firefighters reported. The victim, 22 years old, suffered various gunshot wounds in the head adn the back; she didn't carry any documents. She was dresed in a mini-skirt and black stockings, a blue sweatshirt and a brown wig.

(PDF - 95 KB) Document Date: 1 Jan 2008
  Guatemala: Un hombre fue capturado de abusar sexualmente de un joven-A man was captured having been accused of sexually abusing a youth-Telediario.com-02/27/04
Un presunto violador fue capturado por elementos de la sección contra delitos sexuales de la Policia Nacional Civil, en la 13 calle y 33 avenida en la zona 21, por orden de juez competente.El presunto abusador fue identificado como: José Lizardo Barrias de 23 años y se le acusa de haber violado a un menor que padece deficiencias mentales, según denuncia presentado por el padre de la victima.

An alleged rapist was captured by elements of the section against sexual crimes of the National Civil police, in Street 13 and Avenue 33 en Zone 21, by order of the judge assigned to the case. The alleged rapist was identified as: José Lizardo Barias, 23 years of age,and he is accused of having raped a minor who suffers from mental deficiency, according to the accusation presented by the father of the victim.

(PDF - 26 KB) Document Date: 1 Jan 2008
  Guatemala: Otro travesti asesinado en la zona 1-Another transvestite assassinated in Zone 1-Diario La Hora- 02/28/04
Matan a otro travesti en la zona 1. Con éste ya es el segundo asesinato en este mes.

Another transvestite was murdered in zona 1. With this one, it is the second murder this month.

(PDF - 73 KB) Document Date: 1 Jan 2008
  Guatemala: Matan a travesti-Transvestite killed-Al Día-02/29/04
Un travestí conocido sólo como "Chirli", quien caminaba por la 2a. avenida y 14 called de la zona 1, fue atacado a balazos por sujetos que se conducían en un carro, informaron lost Bomberos Municiaples. La víctima de unos 22 años, sufrió various balazos en la cabeza y la espalda; no protaba documentos. Vestía minifalda y medias negras, sudadero azul y una peluca café.

An transvestite known only as "Chirli" who was walking on 2nd Avenue and 14th Street in Zone 1, was shot by subjects who were driving in a car the Municipal Firefighters reported. The victim, 22 years old, suffered various gunshot wounds in the head adn the back; she didn't carry any documents. She was dresed in a mini-skirt and black stockings, a blue sweatshirt and a brown wig.

(PDF - 95 KB) Document Date: 1 Jan 2008
  Guatemalan bill targets gay families and single parents- Rex Wockner International News #702 10/8/07
Legislation pending in Guatemala's Congress would define "family" solely as a father, a mother and their child or children.

The Integral Protection for Marriage and Family Act would bar single parents and same-sex couples from the definition of "family" and punish any Guatemalan official who publicly contradicts the definition.

(PDF - 28 KB) Document Date: 8 Oct 2007
  Guatemala: Las lágrimas de oro de la diversidad sexual en Guatemala - The golden tears of the sexual diversity in Guatemala - by Evert-Jan Quak on www.gayguatemala.com on 08/16/07 : http://www.gayguatemala.com/novedades/nov18_2007.htm
This document was provided by Aubra Fletcher Esq. Office of the Special Master, Farrell v. Cate in San Francisco, CA

"La discriminación contra homosexuales es un gran problema en Guatemala. Deby: ?Si te declarás homosexual, te quedás prácticamente sólo. Perdés tu trabajo y te rechazan en las universidades. Entonces el trabajo sexual, con frecuencia, es el único posible?. En Centroamérica la cultura machista y la iglesia católica son enormes obstáculos para la emancipación de las comunidades de la diversidad sexual. Deby: ?muchos no se atreven a declarar su homosexualidad, situación que los lleva a tener una doble vida."

(PDF - 84 KB) Document Date: 16 Aug 2007
  Central American gay activists suffer institutionalised hate - By Divya Guha, www.pinknews.co.uk - 08/08/07
Defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Honduras and Guatemala are being subjected to state-sponsored harassment, death threats and other attacks.

The attitude that they are often met with is that they 'get what they deserve.'

Although homosexuality is legal in both countries, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed a catalogue of injustices.

(PDF - 49 KB) Document Date: 8 Aug 2007
  Guatemala: LE DISPARAN DESDE VEHICULO-Balean a travestí-They shoot her from a vehicle-A transvestite is Shot-Al día-07/31/01
Heisel Valverde Huiti resultó con una herida de bala en loa pierna izquierda cuando un hombre que se conducía en un vehículo erde convidrios polarizados le disparó repetidas veces en la 5a avenida y 12 calle zona 1, informaron los Bomberos Municipales.

Heisel Valverde Huiti was left with a gunshot wound in the left leg when a man who was driving a green car with tinted windows, shot her repeated times, on 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Zone 1, the Municipal Firefighters reported.

(PDF - 85 KB) Document Date: 31 Jul 2007
  Guatemalan transvestites murdered- Rex Wockner International #658 12/4/06
Two transvestites were gunned down outside a bar in Guatemala City Nov. 22.
The two individuals, who were hit several times each, were at least the 10th and 11th transvestites murdered in the nation this year.

(PDF - 35 KB) Document Date: 4 Dec 2006
  Transvestite killings on the rise in Guatemala- news.yahoo.com [Reuters]-By Mica Rosenberg 11/22/06
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) -
Two transvestites were shot dead in broad daylight on Wednesday, their bodies riddled with bullets in the latest in a wave of suspected hate crimes in Guatemala.
The transvestites, in their 20s, were gunned down together outside a bar in the crime-ridden Villanueva neighborhood of the capital. They were shot in the face and body.

(PDF - 70 KB) Document Date: 22 Nov 2006
  Guatemala, El Rostro de La Homofobia-Informae Especial-Los Crímenes de odio por identidad sexual (1996-2006)-GUATEMALA, The Face of Homophobia-SPECIAL REPORT-Sexual Identity Hate Crimes-La Organización de Apoyo a una Sexualidad Integral frente al Sida (OASIS)-11/16/06
OASIS es una entidad privada no lucrativa, sin afiliación política ni religiosa, reconocida galmente por el Estado de Guatemala.

The Support Organization for an Integral Sexuality Against AIDS (OASIS) is a private non-profit, without any political or religious affiliation, legally recognized by the State of Guatemala.

Background

OASIS works for sexually diverse populations defined as "vulnerable", given their social conditions. The sexually diverse community comprises populations of gay men, lebian women, transgender people, bisexuals and tansexuals, among others; who as a whole and according to their particular characteristics of each population, constitute sectors of society, which are excluded, persecuted, attacked and denied.(br>
In this document you will find diverse cases of aggression against people of the sexually diverse community which have been catalogued as violations to the human rights since, even though it is presumed that the majority were not directly by public employees, they are due to the same State not attending to its duty of valuing constitutional guarantees.

(PDF - 1,508 KB) Document Date: 11 Nov 2006
  Guatemala- RESPONSES TO INFORMATION REQUESTS (RIRs)-GTM101794.E-Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa- 10/26/06
Guatemala: Treament of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual individuals and availability of state protection; police attitudes towards same-sex domestic violence and state protection available to victims (2003 - September 2006)

According to Gaytimes, Guatemala is characterized by "deep-rooted homophobia" and "state harassment of the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered] LGBT community" (n.d.). Human Rights Watch (HRW) states that it has received numerous reports of "acts of violence against and intimidation of transgender women, lesbians and gay men in Guatemla" (21 Feb. 2006b; HRW 21 Feb. 2006a).

(PDF - 164 KB) Document Date: 26 Oct 2006
  CIDH examina caso sobre personas afectadas por VIH/SIDA en Guatemala- CIDH examines case about persons affected by HIV/AIDS in Guatemala- www.un-mundo.org- 10/20/06
El Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL), la Fundación Preventiva de SIDA ?Fernando Iturbide?, la Asociación de Salud Integral y la Red Nacional de Personad que Viven con VIH/SIDA participaron, el día de ayer, en una audiencia ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) para referirse a un caso contra el Estado de Guatemala por violar los derechos humanos a un grupo de personas que viven con el virus del VIH/Sida. La reunión se llevó a cabo en el marco del 126° período de sesiones de la CIDH que está teniendo lugar en la sede de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) en Washington, D.C.

The Center for Justice and International Rights, the Preventive Foundation of AIDS-"Fernando Iturbide", the Association of Integral Health and the National Network of People Living with HIV-AIDS, participated in a hearing yesterday before the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) to describe a case against the country of Guatemala for violating the human rights of a group of people who live with the virus of HIS-AIDS. the meeting took place in the setting of the 126th session of the CIDH which is taking place in the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.

(PDF - 91 KB) Document Date: 20 Oct 2006
  Guatemala: Era travesti- dejan el cuerpo abaleado en un camino-It was a transvestite- they left the shot body on a road-Nuestro Diario -9/18/06
(PDF - 925 KB) Document Date: 18 Sep 2006
  Guatemala: CON 5 BALAZOS-Halla cadáver de un joven con ropa femenina-Nuestro Diario: 5 GUNSHOT WOUNDS-The body of a young man dressed as a woman is found-Our Daily-09/18/06
Gabriel Augusto ixcoy Poggio, de 18 años, alias "shakira" o "Zuleika", fue hallado muerto ayer con múltiples impactos de bala en la entrada a la finca El Paraíso, zona 8 de Villa Nueva, informaron los bomberos voluntarios

Gabriel Augusto Ixcoy Poggio, 18 years old, alias "Shakira" or "Zuleika" was found dead yesterday with multiple gunshot wounds at the entrance to the Ranch El Paraíso, Zone 8 of Villa Nueva, informed the volunteer firemen.

(PDF - 438 KB) Document Date: 18 Sep 2006
  Guatemala: Struggling to Deliver on Promises and Assess HIV's Spread- by Jon Cohen-www.sciencemag.org/ 07/28/06
One obstacle is that outside Guatemala City, free drugs are available at relatively few centers. "Most everything is centralized in this city," complains Eduardo Arathoon, who runs the Luis Angel García family clinic at Hospital San Juan de Dios in the capital. Arathoon points to an HIV-infected couple with their little girl. "The couple gets up at 3 a.m. and takes three buses to get here," he says. The centralization particularly hurts Mayans, who make up about half the population and often live in remote areas.

These problems will soon be compounded: MSF is leaving the country, which has Lucas and many other patients worrying about their futures once again.

(PDF - 257 KB) Document Date: 28 Jul 2006
  Guatemala: MARCHA DE LUTO-MARCH OF MOURNING- Revista ViceVersa- Oasis 06/24/06
La Coalición de Organizaciones Gays de Guatemala muestra su profundo pesar por el reciente asesinato de Bárbara Palacios, persona transgénero, integrante de la junta directiva del Colectivo Trans Reynas de la Noche. Por tal motivo participa la MARCHA DE LUTO, que será realizada en sustitución del tradicional desfile alegórico de la diversidad sexual. La actividad iniciará en la Municipalidad de Guatemala, a las 14 horas del día sábado 24 de Junio de 2006 y finalizará en el Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

The Coalition of Gay Organizations of Guatemals shows its profound sympathy for the recent assassination of Bárabara Palacios, a transgender person, member of the board of the Trans Queens of the Night Collective. For that reason, they will participated in the March of Mourning, which will be carried out in lieu of the traditional allegorical parade of sexual diversity. The activity will begin in the Municipality of Guatemala, at 2:00 on Saturday, June 2, 2006 and it will finish at the National Palace of Culture.

(PDF - 77 KB) Document Date: 24 Jun 2006
  Guatemala: AIDS Patients Suffer Epidemic of Discrimination By Alberto Mendoza, http://ipsnews.net, on 06/23/06: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=33740
GUATEMALA CITY, Jun 23, 2006 (IPS) - Discrimination by society and employers against Guatemalans living with HIV/AIDS is deeply entrenched, say local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which note that they are often deprived of their basic rights to work, education and health.

Upon the mere suspicion that a person may be HIV-positive "they are dismissed or demoted, or their contract is not renewed, and their rights to health care and to education for their children are denied," said Cristina Calderón of the Fernando Iturbide Foundation, an NGO working in AIDS prevention.

"Some companies force their employees to undergo HIV testing, or the company has the test done without the worker's permission," Claudia Arelí Rosales of Positive People, an NGO that defends the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, told IPS.

(PDF - 156 KB) Document Date: 23 Jun 2006
  Guatemala: aumentan ataques contra transexuales- Associated Press
Attacks against transexuals are in the increase. GUATEMALA - Los ataques en contra de travestis en ciudad de Guatemala aumentaron considerablemente desde mediados del año pasado, denunció el domingo una organización de homosexuales después de que cinco hombres transgénero fueran atacados a tiros y uno de ellos, hondureño, falleciera.
"Estas cosas son el termómetro de cuanta discriminaci®on hay en el país", dijo el domingo a la AP el director de la Organización de Apoyo a una Sexualidad Integral frente al SIDA (Oasis), Jorge López, durante el velatorio de Geovanny Calderón, conocido como "Bárbara".

(PDF - 102 KB) Document Date: 18 Jun 2006
  Guatemala: Atacan a cinco homosexuales, matan a uno - Five homosexuals attacked, one killed- Associated Press 06/17/06
Translated document by Caitlin Early, Law Office of Rosy H. Cho, San Francisco CA.

Guatemala: A Honduran man, one of the five shout by unidentified men early morning Saturday in Guatemala City, died while the other three remain in serious condition in the hospital.

?Right now I am leaving the morgue, exactly six months to the day since Paulina?s death under similar circumstances,? said Jorge Lopez, the director of Organization to Support an Integral Sexuality In the Face of AIDS (OASIS), to the AP on Saturday.

(PDF - 100 KB) Document Date: 17 Jun 2006
  Claudia Maria Acevedo: Working to Save the Individual Identity of Guatemalan Women-Amnesty International Newsletter 06/05/06
Claudia María Acevedo González, general coordinator of the Liberated Lesbians Association or "Lesbirated", is one of the main leaders of the gays and lesbians movement for the human rights in Latin America. This organization emerged from the efforts of twelve women who, with the participation of other lesbians in Guatemala, have fought for the visibility of lesbianism and the public defense of lesbians' human rights. 1.) Can you tell me about your main breakthroughs and the challenges you think you will have to face? I think our major breakthrough has been the chance of saying "Well, yes, let's get together and start a fight to change this situation". I believe this is the main challenge, since lesbianism in Guatemala not only is stigmatized but it is also dangerous to be a lesbian in a society that denies sexuality in itself.
(PDF - 135 KB) Document Date: 5 Jun 2006
  Acceso Universal a Tratamiento en Guatemala: entre el "decir" y el hecho-Universal Access to Treatment: The difference between the spoken word and the deed-04/07/06
Una ventaja, que rápidamente se puede tornar en maldición, de estar cerca del campo, de las comunidades de base, es que no puede uno quedarse con las cifras oficiales. Entre la desconfianza creda luego de muchas experiencias, y lo rostros de las personas que no coinciden con lo bien que esta la situación desde el discurso oficial, no puede uno hacer la vista gorda.

An advantage, which quickly can be taken as a curse, of being close to the camp, of the base communities, is that one can't dispute the official figures. Between the distrustful creed after many experiences, and the faces of the people which don't agree with the good that is the situation since the official speech, one can't turn a blind eye.

(PDF - 333 KB) Document Date: 7 Apr 2006
  Guatemala: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2005 - Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor-March 8 2006
The law does not criminalize homosexuality, but it also does not expressly include sexual orientation or HIV status among the categories prohibited from discrimination. There was social discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender persons and persons with HIV/AIDS. Homosexual rights support groups alleged that members of the police regularly waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that patrons and persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. These groups also complained that police at times raped lesbians and transvestites, but that due to a lack of trust in the judicial system and out of fear of further persecution or social recrimination, victims were unwilling to file complaints. On December 17, transvestite Juan Pablo Mendez Cartagena was shot and killed, and transvestite Kelvin Josue Alegria Robles was seriously injured in Guatemala City by persons that members of the homosexual rights group OASIS alleged were wearing police uniforms. At year's end the matter was under investigation by police authorities.
(PDF - 44 KB) Document Date: 8 Mar 2006
  Guatemala: The International lesbian and Gay Association-02/08/06
This is the World Legal Survey on Guatemala relating to background information, government attitudes, and country situation regarding the glbtq community in that country.
(PDF - 192 KB) Document Date: 28 Feb 2006
  Guatemala: Victims Concerned That Police May Have Been Responsible For These Crimes-Amnesty International-02/21/06
One transgender woman was murdered and another critically wounded... Eyewitnesses reported that the assailants were wearing police uniforms and riding police motorcycles that identified them as members of the national police.
(PDF - 94 KB) Document Date: 21 Feb 2006
  Guatemala: Transgender People Face Deadly Attacks - Victims Concerned That Police May Have Been Responsible for These Crimes - by HRW on 02/20/06: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2006/02/20/guatemala-transgender-people-face-deadly-attacks?print
"Eyewitnesses reported that the assailants were wearing police uniforms and riding police motorcycles that identified them as members of the national police. The assailants shot Paulina twice in the head, killing her immediately. They shot Sulma three times, and she is still recuperating from her injuries."
(PDF - 90 KB) Document Date: 20 Feb 2006
  Guatemala: Comisión Interamericana Ordena Medidas Cautelares Para Activistas de Organización- Procurador de los Derechos Humanos- departamento de Comunicacion Social-Interamerican Commission Arranges Cautionary Measures for Organization Activists-Human Rights Attorney-Department of Social Communication-02/08/06
*La solicitud fue hecha por el Procurador de los Derechos Humanos ante hechos violentos contra miembros de esta ONG.

The Interamerican Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), at the request of the Human Rights Attorney, Dr. Sergio Morales Alvarado, requested that the government of Guatemala adopt, without delay,cautionary measures on behalf of 12 members of the organization OASIS, who declared that they were victims of attacks on the part of unidentified groups. The request was made by the Attorney for Human Rights regarding violent actions against members of this NGO

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), a petición del Procurador de los Derechos Humanos, doctor Sergio Morales Alvarado, solicitó al Gobierno de Guatemala que adopte, sin dilación, medidas cautelares a favor de 12 miembros de la organización OASIS, quienes denunciaron ser víctimas de ataques por parte de grupos no identificados.

(PDF - 48 KB) Document Date: 8 Feb 2006
  Lesbian and Gay Guatemala - Gaytimes.co.uk-02/02/06
As with many Latin American countries a macho attitude prevails with deep rooted homophobia. There is state harassment of LGBT community.... The police have been implicated in a series of anti-gay murders.
(PDF - 83 KB) Document Date: 2 Feb 2006
  Guatemala: Asesinan y Hieren a personal de OASIS: Grupo GLBT Guatemala-/ OASIS personnel is killed and injured: LGBT Guatemala group - 01/25/06-By Victoria Neilson-http://www.aguabuena.org/articulos/guatemala200601.html
This document was provided by Immigration Equality, New York, NY

El pasado 17 de Diciembre en Guatemala ocurrió un violento hecho en contra de dos profesionales del sexo travestidas: Sulma y Paulina fueron atacadas por cuatro hombres, a quienes testigos identificaron como uniformados de policía. Para Sulma se encuentra actualmente hospitalizada de mucha gravedad pues recibió tres disparos en la cabeza. Paulina, quien recibió dos disparos, murió minutos después del ataque.
Este terrible hecho asciende a al menos siete profesionales del sexo que fueron sido asesinadas en Guatemala durante el 2005. Además nos hace recordar el horrible asesinato del activista en VIH/SIDA Steve Harvey en Jamaica en la víspera del pasado 1° de Diciembre, Día Internacional del SIDA.

(PDF - 159 KB) Document Date: 25 Jan 2006
  Guatemala Under Fire by Marta Donayre-El Observador-01/23/06
Two women were shot in the early hours of Dec. 17 in Guatemala City, one is dead and the other critically injured. The attackers allegedly wore police uniforms, and the entire LGBT community is under siege,..
(PDF - 57 KB) Document Date: 23 Jan 2006
  ATAQUES A TRAVESTIS EN GUATEMALA- Attacks against transvestites in Guatemala- ateneoalmargen.blogia.com 01/21/06
Ante los ataques reiterados y asesinatos por parte de la policía a travestís y trabajadores del sexo la organización OASIS (Organización de Apoyo a una Sexualidad Integral frente al SIDA) pide denunciar la situación y enviar cartas de protesta por los hechos acaecidos en Guatemala.

In the face of repeated attacks and assassinations against transvestites and sex workers perpetrated by the police, the organization OASIS (Support Organization for and Integral Sexuality facing AIDS), asks that the situation be denounced and to send protest letters regarding the actions which have taken place in Guatemala.

(PDF - 39 KB) Document Date: 21 Jan 2006
  Guatemala: Hieren a dos travestis-Two Transvestites Wounded-Nacional-12/29/05
Una confusa balacera dejó como resultado a dos travestis heridos, los que fueron traslados por los Bomberos Voluntarios a la emergencia del hospital General San Juan.

A confusing shootout left two transvestites wounded; they were transferred to the emergency room of the General San Juan de Diós Hospital by volunteer firefighters.

(PDF - 279 KB) Document Date: 29 Dec 2005
  Guatemala: Protesta en contra de violencia homofóbica-Protest against homophobic violence-Nacional-12/27/05
Miembros de la Organización de Apoyo a una Sexualidad Integral frente al Sida (OASIS) manifestarán frente a Casa Presidencial por la presunta participación de agentes policiales en el asesinato de uno de sus integrantes.

Members of the Support Organization for an Integral Sexuality Facing AIDS (OASIS), demonstrated in front of the Presidential Palace against the presumed participation of police agents in the assassination of one of their members.

(PDF - 347 KB) Document Date: 27 Dec 2005
  Guatemala: Intimidan a travstis-Transvestites Intimidated-el Periódico-12/26/05
La Organización de Apoyo a una Sexualidad Integral frente al Sida (Oasis) denunció que various travestis que se dedican a la prostitución en la zona 1 han sido victimas de amenazas. Son intimidados por hombres que viajan en un automóvil color rojo con vidrios polarizados.

The Support Organization for Integral Sexuality Facing AIDS (OASIS) reported yesterday that several transvestites who work as prostitutes in Zone 1, have been victims of threats. They are intimidated by men who travel in a red car with darkened windows.

(PDF - 26 KB) Document Date: 26 Dec 2005
  Dos Trabajadores Sexuales Transexuales Reciben Disparos En Guatemala, Uno Fallece; Se Cree Que Los Agresores Pertenecían A La Policía, Señala Amnistía Internacional - Two transgender sex workers were shot in Guatemala, one dies; it is believed that the aggressors were police members, points out Amnesty International- 12/22/05
La organización moviliza a sus miembros para que exijan investigaciones y protección

(Nueva York)--Una mujer transexual en Guatemala fue asesinada y otra permanece en grave estado luego de que ambas recibieran disparos en la cabeza de hombres que según testigos eran policías, expresó hoy Amnistía Internacional.

"Lamentablemente, este es sólo uno de los últimos de una serie de asesinatos de personas transexuales en Guatemala," señaló el Dr. William F. Schulz, Director Ejecutivo de Amnistía Internacional EE.UU. (AIUSA, por sus siglas en ingl?©s). "Una vez más, no sólo las autoridades policiales y gubernamentales no protegieron a las personas transexuales, sino que tambi?©n podrían haber estado directamente implicadasen sus muertes."

Según una organización local, este año han habido siete homicidios de trabajadores sexuales transexuales en la ciudad de Guatemala.

"The organization mobilizes its members to demand investigations and protection."

(New York)-A transsexual woman in Guatemala was assassinated and another remains in serious condition after both were shot in the head by men who, according to witnesses, were police officers, Amnesty International reported today.

"Sadly, this is only one of the latest in a series of assassinations of transsexual people in Guatemala," pointed out Dr. William F. Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. "Once more, not only did the police and government authorities not protect transsexual people, but it is also possible that they could have been directly imvolved in their deaths."

According to a local organization, there have been seven homicides of transsexual sex workers this year in Guatemala City.

(PDF - 77 KB) Document Date: 22 Dec 2005
  GUATEMALA- FEAR FOR SAFETY: Action Alert Amnesty International 12/21/05
FEAR FOR SAFETY: Sulma (legal name Kevin Josue Alegria Robles)
Other transvestite sex workers in Guatemala City
Other members of the Organizacion de Apoyo a una Sexualidad Integral frente al SIDA, Integral Sexuality AIDS Support Organization (OASIS)
KILLED:
Paulina, aged 22 (legal name Juan Pablo Mendez Cartagena), OASIS worker
Transvestite sex worker Sulma (legal name Kevin Robles) was shot in the head, allegedly by police, on 17 December, and remains in hospital in a serious condition. Another transvestite sex worker was killed in the attack. As Sulma witnessed the killing, the attackers are likely to attempt to silence her, but the authorities have not responded to requests to give her protection.

(PDF - 122 KB) Document Date: 21 Dec 2005
  Guatemala: Balean a dos huecos-Two Gays Shot-La Extra-12/01/05
Dos huecos que esperaban que se los levantarn en la 13 calle y 5a. Avenida de la zona 1, fueron atacados a balazos por supuestos agentes de la Policía Nacional Civil que se conducían en motorcicletas.

Two gays who were waiting to be picked up on 13th St. and 5th Avenue in Zone 1, were shot at, without a doubt by agents from the National Civil Police who were driving motorcycles.

(PDF - 424 KB) Document Date: 1 Dec 2005
  Guatemala: La "locura" de la homosexualidad-The craziness of homosexuality-Revista D-07/17/05
Nuestra globalización nos niega un acercamiento al sujeto, tal como en el colonialismo del Siglo XVIII.

Our globalization denies us an approach to the subject, just like during the colonialism of the 18th Century.

(PDF - 322 KB) Document Date: 17 Jul 2005
  Guatemala: Minorías sexuales exigen figurar en las políticas públicas-Sexual Minorities demand to be included in the public policies-CERIGUA(Céntro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala/Center of Informative Reports about Guatemala)-07/10/05
Los representantes religiosos, quienes predican diariamente el amor y la tolerancia, promueven acutalmente la discriminación de personas que constantemente se encuentran en situación vulnerable, como lo son las minorías sexuales, sin que el estado les proporcione las garantias fundamentales, indicó Gerbert Hernández.

Religious representatives, who daily preach love and tolerance, actually promote discrimination against people who constantly find themselves in vulnerable situations, like sexual minorities, without the government providing them fundamental guarantees, indicated Gerbert Hernández.

(PDF - 68 KB) Document Date: 10 Jul 2005
  Guatemalan HIV patients slam new trade rules- by Frank Jack Daniel for Reuters NewMedia- http://www.aegis.com/ 03/30/05
GUATEMALA CITY, March 30 (Reuters) - Dozens of Guatemalan HIV patients, many with paper bags over their heads to protect their identities, protested on Wednesday at new U.S.-backed trade rules they say rob them of access to medicines.
(PDF - 98 KB) Document Date: 30 Mar 2005
  MSF alerta que las farmacéuticas de Guatemala limitan "seriamene" el acceso a fármacos contra el sida - Doctors Without Borders Warn that the Pharmaceutical Companies in Guatemala "Seriously" Limit Access to Anti-AIDS Drugs-03/14/05
El secreto de los datos de pruebas farmacéuticas concede un monopolio "de facto" a los productores de medicamentos de marca

La agrupación Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) ha denunciado que las empresas farmacéuticas de Guatemala limitan "de forma muy seria" el acceso a medicamentos esenciales a los enfermos de sida. La ONG ha explicado que esta conducta responde a su "preocupación" por proteger los intereses monopolísticos de la industria, tras la firma de un acuerdo sobre el acceso a los medicamentos esenciales en Guatemala y en toda la región.

The secret of the pharmaceutical test data shows a "de facto" monopoly of brand medical products.

The group "Doctors Without Borders" has reported that the pharmaceutical companies in Guatemala "very seriously" limit access to essential medications to those who are sick with AIDS. The NGO has explained that this behavior corresponds to their "preoccupation" to protect their monopolistic interests in the industry, after the signing of an agreement regarding the access to essential medications in Guatemala and the whole area.

(PDF - 64 KB) Document Date: 14 Mar 2005
  Guatemala: INFORME Nº 32/05- PETICIÓN 642-03 ADMISIBILIDAD LUIS ROLANDO CUSCUL PIVARAL Y OTRAS PERSONAS AFECTADAS POR EL VIH/SIDA GUATEMALA-Report No 32/05 Petition 642-03 Admisibility Luis Rolando Cuscul Pivaral and other people affected by HIV/AIDS Guatemala- 03/07/05
I. RESUMEN

1. El 26 de agosto de 2003 la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (en adelante "la Comisión") recibió una petición presentada por el Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional ?CEJIL?, la Red Nacional de Personas que Viven con el VIH/SIDA presidida por el Sr. Félix Vagrera, la Asociación Gente Unida, El Proyecto Vida, representada por Dee Smith, La Fundación Preventiva del SIDA Fernando Iturbide, bajo la dirección de la Dra. Cristina Calderón, y la Asociación de Salud Integral, representada por el Dr. Eduardo Arathoon (en adelante "los peticionarios"), en la cual se alega que el Estado guatemalteco (en adelante "el Estado", "el Estado guatemalteco" o "Guatemala"), habría desconocido los derechos fundamentales de Luis Rolando Cuscul Pivaral, Francisco Sop Gueij, Corina Robledo, Petrona López González, Aracely Cinto, Olga Marina Castillo, Israel Pérez Charal, Karen Judith Samayoa, Juana Aguilar, Darinel López Montes de Oca, Luis Rubén Álvarez Flores, Audiencio Rodas, Luis Edwin Cruz Gramau, Martina Candelaria Álvarez Estrada, Maria Felipe Pérez, Sayra Elisa Barrios, Felipe Ordóñez, Santos Isacax Vásquez Barrio, Ismera Oliva García Castañon, Guadalupe Cayaxon, Sandra Lisbeth Zepeda Herrera, Cesar Noe Cancinos Gómez, Santos Vásquez Oliveros, Maria Vail, Julia Aguilar, Sebastián Emilia Dueñas, Zoila Pérez Ruiz, Santiago Valdez, Pascula de Jesús Mérida, Iris Carolina Vicente Baullas, Reina López Mújica, Marta Alicia Maldonado PAC, José Cupertino Ramírez, José Rubén Delgado, Elsa Miriam Estrada, Ismar Ramírez Chajón, Félix Cabrera, Silvia Mirtala Álvarez, Facundo Gómez Reyes (fallecido en febrero 27 de 2003) debido a la falta de suministro de medicamento antirretroviral. Conjuntamente los peticionarios solicitaron medidas cautelares a favor de las 39 personas, las cuales fueron otorgadas en dos fases, inicialmente para 12 personas, ampliándose luego a las 39.

(PDF - 282 KB) Document Date: 7 Mar 2005
  Guatemala: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2006 3/6/07
There was social discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and persons with HIV/AIDS. Homosexual rights support groups alleged that members of the police regularly waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that patrons and persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. These groups also complained that police at times raped lesbians and transvestites, but that due to a lack of trust in the judicial system and out of fear of further persecution or social recrimination, victims were unwilling to file complaints.
(PDF - 41 KB) Document Date: 6 Mar 2005
  Guatemala: Gays centroamericanos huyen de la violencia en su tierra: Rafael ama a Guatemala, pero no puede volver ahí... Él es gay y tuvo que abandonar su tierra por que mataron a sus amigos - Central American gays flee violence in their land: Rafael loves Guatemala, but he cannot go back there...He is gay and had to leave his land because they kiled his friends. - By Redacción Anodis on 01/05/05 : http://anodis.com/imprimir.asp?id=3306
This document was provided by Aubra Fletcher Esq. Office of the Special Master, Farrell v. Cate in San Francisco, CA

"(La Opinión)Róger Lindo.- Dos de sus amigos, también gays, fueron acribillados a balazos al salir los tres de un club nocturno en la capital guatemalteca Los criminales iban en una camioneta pickup de vidrios polarizados, una descripción frecuente en ese inseguro país.

El comisionado Pablo de Jesús Escobar Baños, encargado de Seguridad Pública de la Policía Nacional Civil (PNC) de El Salvador admite que las minorías sexuales tienen problemas en su país."

"(La Opinión")Roger Lindo.-Two of his friends, also gay, were riddled with bullets when the three of them left a night club in the Gautemalan capital. The criminals were traveling in a pickup with darkened windows, a frequent description in this insecure country.

Pablo de Jesús Escobar Baños, in charge of Public Security of the National Civil Police (PNC) of El Salvador, admits that sexual minorities have problems in his country."

(PDF - 100 KB) Document Date: 5 Jan 2005
  Guatemala: glbtq-Social Sciences-12/29/04
A republic in Central America with the thrid largest area in the region, Guatemala is, after Mexico, the largest of the Central American countries in population, with about 11.5 million people.

Homosexuality was made illegal by the Spanish conquest (1524). It was decriminalized in the nineteenth century, but it was not until the 1960's and the 1980's that more open-minded attitudes toward homosexuality began to appear within Guatemalan society as a whole.

(PDF - 291 KB) Document Date: 29 Dec 2004
  Guatemala: Balean a travestí-Transvestite Shot-24 Horas-12/15/04
Desde un vehículo en marcha fue atacado a tiros un travestí que estaba parado en el bulevar Liberación, zona 8.El herido fue llevado inconsciente por bomberos municipales al Roosevelt, donde su estado es delicado. La víctima, de unos 35 años, vestida blusa blance, falda negra y sandalias.

A transvestite who was standing on Liberation Boulevard was shot at from a moving vehicle., in Zone 8. The unconcsious victim was taken by municipal firefighters to Roosevelt Hospital, where her status is guarded. The victim, 35 years old, wore a white blouse, black skirt and sandals.

(PDF - 319 KB) Document Date: 15 Dec 2004
  Guatemala: Balean a tavesti-Transvestite Shot-La Hora-12/14/04
Un travestí aún no identificado fue atacado a balazos por un grupo de individuos desconocidos desde un vehículo en marcha en en el bulevar Liberación, zona 8.

A transvestite, still not identified, was shot by a group of unknown individuals from a moving car on Liberation Boulevard, Zone 8.

(PDF - 157 KB) Document Date: 14 Dec 2004
  Guatemala: Maricón baleado y petateado-Gay man shot & killed-La Extra-08/30/04
Ayer en horas de la noche fue asesinado Néstor Rojas de 35 años de edad, un travestí conocido como "Nancy" en la 6ta Avenia y 11 calle de la zona 9.

Late last night, Nestor Rojas, 35 years old, a transvestite known as "Nancy" was assassinated on 6th Avenue and 22th St. in Zone 9.

(PDF - 218 KB) Document Date: 30 Aug 2004
  Guatemala: Travesti asesinado anoche-Transvestite murdered last night-Nacional-08/20/04
Ayer en horas de la noche fue asesinado Néstor Rojas de 35 años de edad, un travestí conocido como "Nancy" en la 6ta. Avenida y 11 calle de la zona 9.

Last night, 35 year old Nestor Rojas, a trasvestite known as "Nancy," was assassinated on 6th AVenue and 11th St. in Zone 9.

(PDF - 154 KB) Document Date: 20 Aug 2004
  GUATEMALA: ACTIVISTAS LESBIANAS AMENAZADAS-La Comisión Internacional de los Derechos Humanos para Gays y Lesbianas- Lesbian Activists Threatened-The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission -07/14/05
En Guatemala, la violencia contra las defensoras y defensores de los Derechos Humanos constituye un problema serio desde hace años. La Representante Especial de la ONU, Hina Jilani, visitó el país en 2003 y escribió en su informe: "...los derechos más fundamentales de las defensoras y defernsores de los derechos humanos se han violado en Guatemala en años recientes y estas violaciones casi nunca se investigan de manera apropriada. Pocos de los casos de violaciones contra defensoras y defensores de los derechos humanos que se denuncian han concluído con soluciones legales satisfactorias."

In Guatemala, violence against defenders of human rights has constituted a serious problem for years. The Special UN Representative, Hina Jilani, visited the country in 2003 and wrote this in his report: "...the most fundamental rights of the defenders of human rights have been violated in Guatemala in recent years and these violations are almost never investigated in an appropriate manner. Few of the cases of violations against defenders of human rights which are reported have concluded with satisfactory legal solutions."

(PDF - 505 KB) Document Date: 14 Jul 2004
  Guatemala: Nacionales: DEFENSORES DE GAYS PIDEN ACLARAR CRIMEN-National News-Defenders of Gays Ask to Clarify Crime-telediario.com-07/06/04
La muerte de una travesti ocurrido el domingo recién en un hotel del centro histórico fue condenado por grupos que trabajan en defensa de los derechos de la diversidad sexual.

The death of a transvestite which occurred last Sunday in a hotel in the historic center was condemned by groups which work in the defense of the rights of sexual diversity.

(PDF - 184 KB) Document Date: 6 Jul 2004
  Guatemala: Era homosexual-Asesinado en su habitación-He was homosexual-Murdered in his room-Nuestro Diario-07/05/04
Un homosexual fue encontrado anoche asesinado en un hotel de la 6a. avenida y 12 calle de la zona 1, informó el vocero de los bomberos municipales, Luis Rivas.

A homosexual was found assassinated last night in his hotel on 6th Avenue and 12th Street in Zone 1, announced a spokesperson for the municipal fire department.

(PDF - 306 KB) Document Date: 5 Jul 2004
  Guatemala: Captura: Detenido es acusado de muerte de mujer-Captured: Detained is accused of the death of a woman-Prensa Libre.com-6/10/04
Agentes del Servicio de Investigación Criminal (SJC) detuvieron ayer a Edgar Revolorio Puac frente al Centro Capitol, 13 calle y 6a. avenida, zona 1, en cumplimiento de una orden de captura por el delito de asesinato.

Agents from the Criminal Investigation Unit (SJC) detained Edgar Revolorio Puac yesterday in front of Capitol Center, 13th St. and 6th Avenue, Zone 1, in compliance with an arrest order for the crime of murder.

(PDF - 32 KB) Document Date: 10 Jun 2004
  Guatemala: Cierran discoteca de travesties-Transvestite discotheque closed-Quetzaltenango-05/11/04
Un centro nocturno exclusivo para travesties, disfrazado de discoteca, fue cerrado por las autoridades el fin de semana, durante una redada dn la 14 avenida, entre tercera y cuarta calles de la zona uno de Xela, informó el oficial Israel Donis, de la Comisaría 41 de la Policía Nacional Civil, PNC.

A nightclub exclusively for transvestites, disguised as a discotheque, was closed by the authorities on the weekend, during a raid of 14th Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets in the Xela Zone, announced officer Israel Donis of the 41st Precinct of the National Civil Police, PNC.

(PDF - 150 KB) Document Date: 11 May 2004
  Guatemala: Gays- Mientras en San Francisco las parejas del mismo sexo se casan, en Guatemala priva el temor y la discriminación. Homosexuales, travestis, lesbianas coinciden en la importancia de que se respeten sus derechos civiles.- While in San Francisco same sex couples marry, in Guatemala fear and discrimination prevail. Homosexuals, transvestites, lesbians, agree on the importance that their civil rights be respected.- www.elperiodico.com The Newspaper- 03/14/04
Translated document by Caitlin Early, Law Office of Rosy H. Cho, San Francisco CA.

They do it the wrong way, according to the large majority of Guatemalans and the establishment, i.e. religion, customs, security forces, or the justice system, for whom in the 21st century, speaking about homosexuality in men or in women is still speaking of a crime.

And in order to put oneself into the gay world of Guatemala, it is necessary to learn how to hide oneself. It is necessary to do the work of a paleontologist more than that of a sociologist or a journalist. One needs an archeologist?s tools more than an investigator?s tape recorder or notebook. Axes, chisels, a helmet, tools that allow one to begin to appear, without risk, in an almost hermetic world.

(PDF - 199 KB) Document Date: 14 Mar 2004
  Guatemala: BALEAN A TRAVESTI-Nuestro Diario: Transvestite Shot-02/29/04
Un travesti quien no ha sido identificado, falleció el viernes por la noche, luego de que los tripulantes de un carro le dispararan en varias ocasiones cuando caminaba sobre la 2a avenida y 14 calle, zona 1, informaron los bomberos municiaples.

A transvestite who has not been identified, died Friday night, after the drivers of a car shot her on various occasions when she was walking on 2nd Avenue and 14th St., Zone 1, local firefighters have announced.

(PDF - 42 KB) Document Date: 29 Feb 2004
  Guatemala: Hieren a travesti-Transvestite Wounded-Nuestro Diario-02/20/04
Dedeth Bernardino Jocóm Xitimul, "La Válen", una travestí, fue baleado ayer en la 3a avenida y la 12 called zona 1. Según Bomberos Municiaples, la víctima sufrió un balazo en el pecho, por lo que grave fue traslada al San Juan de Dios. La policía dijo que el herido informó que lo habían aacado los ocupantes de un carro con vidrios polarizados.

Dedeth Bernardino Jocóm Xitmul, "La Válen", a transvestite, was wounded yesterday on 3rd Avenue and 12th Street in Zone 1. According to Municipal Firefighters, the victim suffered a gunshot in the chest, and was transferred in grave condition to San Juan de Dios. The police said that the wounded informed them that the occupants of a car with tinted glass had attacked him.

(PDF - 55 KB) Document Date: 20 Feb 2004
  Guatemala: Travesti baleado desde automóvil-Transvestite shot from an automobile-Teledirario.com-02/19/04
Wilson Estuardo Batres Barrera, baleado por desconocidos. Dos personas fueron baleados desde un auto en marcha, el que le venía desparando a los transeúntes que andaban por las aceras del Centro Histórico, informaron los Bomberos Municipales.

Wilson Estuardo Batres Barrera, shot by unknown assailants Two people were shot from a moving car, shooting two passersby who were walking on the sidewalks of the Central Historical District, reported the Municipal Firefighters.

(PDF - 85 KB) Document Date: 19 Feb 2004
  Diagnostico del Marco Juridico Guatemalteco sobre VIH/SIDA Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos Diagnosis of the Legal Guatemalan Frame on HIV/AIDS Interamerican Human Rights Institute 11/30/03
Rubén Mayorga Víctor Hugo Fernández Consultores Contenido

Introducción
I. Análisis del contenido de las leyes
II. Análisis de las políticas, las prácticas institucionales y la jurisprudencia
III. Hallazgos principales en los grupos focales realizados con organizaciones de la sociedad civil, entidades gubernamentales, instituciones autónomas y personas que viven con VIH/SIDA, sobre la ley y las actitudes frente al VIH/SIDA
IV. Recomendaciones

(PDF - 900 KB) Document Date: 30 Nov 2003
  Guatemala: Fue acuchillado-Hay 3 Sospechosos:He was knifed-There are 3 suspects-Nuestro Diario-09/17/03
El cuerpo acuchillado de un estilista fue localizado ayer, dentro de una caja de madera, en uno de los patios del hotel Casa Real, ubicado en la 12 calle 6-21, zona 1, informó la Policía.

The stabbed body of a stylist was found yesterday inside of a wooden box, on one of the patios of the hotel Casa Real, located at #6-21 of 12th Street, Zone 1, the police informed.

(PDF - 291 KB) Document Date: 17 Sep 2003
  Guatemala's Dykes Dig in Their Heels-Violence won't stop lesbian organizing by Kelly Cogswell-The Gully.com-07/25/03
Montenegro, head of Guatemala's women's rights commission and herself a target of paramilitary groups, also seems unable to understand that the problems of lesbians are rooted in those of women. Already this year, more than a hundred women have been murdered in Guatemala, many after being raped. Recently, Guatemala's Congress, where only ten of the 113 deputies are women, decided that sexual harassment is not a crime. One deputy even chastised women for mistaking "gallantry" for harassment. The use of violence as a means of social control to keep women compliant and invisible is a huge problem for lesbians. It keeps them out of public spaces, enforces the closet, and leaves them prey to homophobic families. "Even our discrimination is invisible," Acevedo told us. "It doesn't happen in the streets the way it does with gay men and transgendered people, because we, as women, are not in the streets. As a result, we have little factual evidence of human rights violations against us." In Guatemala, "when families find out that their daughter is a lesbian, they lock her up at home, rape her, force her to marry," said Acevedo. She offered the example of Carla, who was imprisoned at home after her parents found out that she had a girlfriend. "They locked her up in her own bedroom. They'd just open the door to give her food. She was only let out to go to the bathroom, always escorted by a brother who was assigned to guard her day and night. Shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she managed to escape and got to us. The family found out where she was and got the police involved. The authorities supported the family and tried to bring charges against us for kidnapping, even though the girl was of age. We got a lawyer for Carla and countersued her family. It was a long process. "At every turn, the authorities pressured the girl to drop her lawsuit; each time, Lesbiradas denounced them and fought back. Eventually, at a court hearing, the family persuaded Carla to return home. She accepted and they quickly got her out of Guatemala. We don't know where she is now. But we're satisfied that we held our ground. It's not against the law to be a lesbian in Guatemala, even though your rights aren't protected."
(PDF - 248 KB) Document Date: 25 Jul 2003
  Guatemala: Matan a Travesti-Atacado a cuchilladas-Transvestie is killed-Attacked with a knife-Nuestro Diario-10/03/02
Mario Morales*Nuetro Diario Mario Morales*Our Daily

Un homosexual, cuya identidad no se pudo establecer, murió la noche del martes en el hospital general San Juan de Dios, víctima de varias heridas que desconodicos le produjeron con cuchillo en la zona 1, reportaron los bomeros voluntarious.

A homosexual, whose identity couldn't be established, died Tuesday night in the San Juan de Dios General Hospital,victim of various wounds which unknown persons gave her with a knife in Zone 1, volunteer firefighters reported.

(PDF - 183 KB) Document Date: 3 Oct 2002
  Guatemala: The long road to safety: gays fleeing violence abroad appeal to the United States for asylum. Refugee Flavio Alves tells their stories in a new book - Immigration-by Steve Desroches-The Advocate-06/25/02
Police raids on Guatemala City gay bars are a normal occurrence. Everyone knows the routine: Show ID, perhaps pay a bribe, and then stay out of sight for a while. But no one was prepared for what happened one night in 1997 at a downtown nightclub. Suddenly the music stopped. The music always stopped during a raid, but this time the room was also filled with a blinding bright light--the police had video cameras with them. The officers lined everyone up against the wall, frisking them and taking extra time to fondle the women. Then, person by person, they began videotaping, forcibly lifting the chins of those who hung their heads. Waiting in the lineup, Alejandra Vasquez knew that if the police broadcast the tape, she would lose her job as a pediatrician. She refused. "I have the right to know why you are doing this," said Vasquez. "You're a dyke! You have no rights," said the officer. When Vasquez continued to argue, the officer dragged her outside and began to beat her. "I thought I was going to die," she remembers. "I heard one say, `We'll take her to prison and show her how to be a woman.' I knew they would rape me if they took me to prison. I either wanted to die right there or fight back rather than have those bastards rape me. So I fought." As Vasquez struggled for her life, her friends collected money to bribe the police to spare her. They gave the police the equivalent of $20. The beating stopped, and the police left. "Now I always carry a $20 bill. I never spend it," says Vasquez.
(PDF - 59 KB) Document Date: 25 Jun 2002
  Guatemala: Travesti asesinado a cuchilladas esta madrugada-Transvestite assassinated by stabbing early this morning-Prensa Libre-02/26/02
Antes de la una de la madrugada, fue asesinado Gerson Viovanni, quien siendo travesti usaba el nombre de batalla de Brenda Shantal. El crimen fue cometido en el sector de la 10a calle 7 4a avenida de la zona 1, donde el infortunado Gerson Giovanni murió a consecuencia de varias heridas provacadas con cuchillo.

Before one AM this morning, Gerson Giovanni was assassinated, being a transvestite she used the stage name of Brenda Shantal. The crime was committed en the area of 10th Street and 4th Avenue of Zone 1, where the unfortunate Gerson Giovannii died as the consequence of various wounds caused by a knife.

(PDF - 124 KB) Document Date: 26 Feb 2002
  Guatemala: The International Lesbian and Gay Association-World Legal Survey-07/31/00
Homosexual acts between consenting adults are not defined as a criminal offense.
(PDF - 194 KB) Document Date: 31 Jul 2000
  GuatemaIa-IGNORADOS Por su preferencia sexual - IGNORED Because of their sexual preference - Por Equipo de Investigación (By Investigative Team) Prensa Libre- 06/04/00
Translated document by Caitlin Early, Law Office of Rosy H. Cho, San Francisco CA.

For years, the word homosexual in Guatemala has been synonymous with discrimination, mistreatment, and exclusion, according to a study by the Organization to Support an Integral Sexuality In the Face of AIDS (OASIS).

Thirty two percent of homosexuals that participated in the workshops organized by OASIS do not have work and suffer discrimination and exclusion when seeking employment. Antonieta Rodriguez, Director of Investigation and Evaluation of OASIS states that the difficulties in finding work are evident, particularly if the men are effeminate or women have more masculine traits.

(PDF - 287 KB) Document Date: 2 Jun 2000
  Links:
  2009 Human Rights Reports: Guatemala Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Guatemala- 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices March 11, 2010
Societal Abuses, Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Homosexual rights support groups alleged that members of the police regularly waited outside clubs and bars frequented by sexual minorities and demanded that persons engaged in commercial sexual activities provide protection money. A lack of trust in the judicial system and a fear of further persecution or social recrimination discouraged victims from filing complaints. There was general societal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in employment, the workplace, and housing.

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