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Tue Jul 29, 2014, 03:44 PM

LGBT rights defenders receive death threats in northern Colombia

LGBT rights defenders receive death threats in northern Colombia
Jul 29, 2014 posted by Gabrielle Mentjox

The systematic violence against Colombia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) population has worsened in recent years, according to a recent report released by the Ministry of the Interior.

According to the report, the vulnerability of the LGBT community at the hands of armed groups is most severe in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region. There, LGBT rights defenders have received numerous death threats by illegal armed groups, reported Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper on Tuesday.

MORE: Colombia: Liberal in theory, homophobic in practice

On July 9, the Rastrojos drug trafficking organization sent death threats to various human rights defenders – including LGBT rights defenders – in Colombia’s northern Atlantic state declaring them “military targets.” According to the Rastrojos, such people would be assassinated “for defending farmers, displaced people, gays, lesbians, and rape victims,” and for “not supporting the advance of democracy,” reported LGBT advocacy organization Caribe Afirmativo.

Hide or confront us

The Rastrojos’ statement ended with the warning that “these whores have 72 hours to hide or confront us.”

In another pamphlet received earlier this year by LGBT community leaders, the Rastrojos deemed “lesbians and homosexuals” targets because they “degraded morals and set a bad example for children,” reported El Espectador.

More:
http://colombiareports.co/lgbt-rights-defenders-receive-death-threats-northern-colombia/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 03:48 PM

1. Interesting fact which doesn't get discussed by fascists.

From the article:

Even among citizens of Colombia’s capital city, Bogota, an alleged 20% of the community believes that LGBT are “a risk to the community,” reported El Espectador. Homosexuality was even a crime in Colombia, punishable by imprisonment, until 1980.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014, 03:52 PM

2. So a drug trafficking organization sent death threats to human rights defenders including LGBT

rights defenders for "not supporting the advance of democracy." That's not democratic at all.

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 29, 2014, 11:22 PM

3. Idiots, tools. Who could live like these people? They can do things they'd never consider

if they ever thought they'd have to pay for their crimes.

Running with a gang of errand boys for the right-wing pumps them all up with the sense they are indestructible, and will never have to face justice, or meet a higher power.

They are being used, and their masters see them as totally dispensable. They are just too stupid to know.

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