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ADDED ON: 10/09/2020

Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBTQ violence

10/08/2020 | NBC News

Human Rights Watch criticized Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala for failing to stop violence against LGBTQ people in a new report published on Wednesday, which also denounced the United States for denying these LGBTQ asylum seekers safe haven. “LGBT people in the Northern Triangle face high levels of violence that their own governments appear unable or unwilling to address,” Neela Ghoshal, senior LGBTQ rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement with the report. The office of Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said in a statement it respected the rights of all people in the country, irrespective of their lifestyle preferences. It added that it regretted acts against “people of sexual diversity”, calling them exceptions and in no way encouraged. They fled homophobic violence. Now Trump proposals threaten their hopes of U.S. asylum. The governments of Honduras and El Salvador did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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