Rights group denounces Central America anti-LGBT violence & US

Partial image from HRW report

(Reuters) – Human Rights Watch has criticised Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, for failing to stop violence against LGBT people, in a new report published on Wednesday, which also denounced the United States for denying these LGBT 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 LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement with the report.

The governments of the three Central American nations did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“For some LGBT people in the region, seeking asylum in the United States is the only hope of safety, but the Trump administration has blocked them at every turn.”

Under President Donald Trump, the United States has tightened its asylum laws. Since March, the country has closed its borders to asylum seekers and other immigrants, as part of its effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The report, entitled ‘Every Day I Live in Fear: Violence and Discrimination against LGBT People in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and Obstacles to Asylum in the United States’, was based on interviews with 116 LGBT people, from the three countries.

The US Customs and Immigration Enforcement agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

-Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener; Additional reporting by Nelson Renteria in San Salvador and Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa

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