Protect Honduran LGBT Activist

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Target: Ana Pineda, Honduran Minister for Justice and Human Rights

Goal: Provide security for inlfuential LGBT activist Donny Reyes and let him continue to fight for LGBT rights.

Donny Reyes, one of Honduras’ biggest LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists, is in danger and the government must heighten security measures. Reyes, as the coordinator of the LGBT organization Rainbow Association, fights for the rights of many Honduran citizens who are verbally and physically assaulted everyday for being different. Reyes, who is not a stranger to threats, asked for more protection after the threats became significantly more dangerous.

Reyes was recently followed by a man on a motorcycle from his house to his office. Reyes was leaving his house on a typical day to work when he noticed a motorcycle had started following him. Reyes was scared for his life and decided to speed up and drive back home. After sitting in his house for an hour, Reyes thought the streets were cleared and drove to his office only to see the motorcycle following him once more. This time, the rider pulled up his shirt to reveal a gun that was tucked in his pants. Reyes drove straight to the police station and then went to another LGBT organization’s office, the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Humans Rights (CIPRODEH), for refuge. CIPRODEH called the police for extra assistance in protecting Reyes, but the police refused to help. They then called the Ministry of Interior’s Human Rights Unit to set up a meeting regarding Reyes’ safety but the meeting was cancelled.

Back in 2007, Reyes was wrongfully arrested by the local police and imprisoned at the Comayaguela police station, where he was sexually assaulted and abused by fellow prisoners. The police did not intervene and released the prisoners responsible for the attack after bribes were paid. Reyes reported the event to the Public Prosecutor’s office, but nothing was done. In 2009, Reyes was granted precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which would provide security. However, Reyes’ request for bodyguards was never fulfilled due to a lack of resources.

No human deserves to be mistreated based on his or her sexuality. Reyes risks his life everyday supporting the LGBT community and he must be provided with safety measures before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ana Pineda, Minister for Justice and Human Rights,

Security measures must be taken to ensure the safety of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist, Donny Reyes. Reyes is the coordinator of Rainbow Association, an organization that seeks to improve the lifestyle of the LGBT community and increase awareness in the Honduras.

Reyes was recently followed from his home to this office by a motorcycle. The rider flashed Reyes his gun, a gesture that cannot be taken lightly. Reyes sought help from both the local police and the Ministry of Interior’s Human Rights Unit only to be rejected. The police and the ministry exist to protect citizens and they have completely ignored Reyes’ cries for help. Reyes was also granted precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 2009. Reyes requested for bodyguards, but due to a lack of resources, the request was never answered.

You must acknowledge the severity of Reyes’ situation and provide him with safety measures. His life is in danger and precaution must be taken before it is too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Brooke Anderson via Flickr

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