SANTO DOMINGO – Defenders of LGBT citizens denounced on Tuesday before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights the violence and discrimination to which members of that community are subjected in prisons of the Western Hemisphere.
Activists and representatives asked the commission to permanently include on its agenda the need to do something about the suffering members of that group are put through in prison.
They also asked that the commission work together with countries that are members of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations to make sure the guidelines of prison management include minimum standards of gender identity acknowledgment.
They requested that the free expression of gender identity be guaranteed through the use of clothing in line with the professed identity, full access to healthcare including gender reaffirmation treatment such as hormones, and that visits by family members and partners to prisons be guaranteed without discrimination.
For its part, the commission reaffirmed its support for vulnerable communities like the LGBT and recalled that members have access to protective legal measures they should make use of when their rights are violated.
The requests were made on the second day of public hearings that the commission is holding this week in Santo Domingo as part of its 168th period of sessions.
The panel opened Monday a week of public hearings in Santo Domingo, whose agenda included hearings about cases in Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela.