The High Court of Eswatini denied recognizing an LGBT rights group, and Honduras took responsibility for the death of Vicky Hernández, a trans woman.
Eswatini Fails To Recognize LGBT Equality
The High Court of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) denied the local LGBT rights group Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities' request for official registration, citing "laws … prevailing in the kingdom" that outlaw gay behavior.
The court's approach, according to 76 Crimes, is confusing and inconsistent.
The court declared in its decision that LGBT individuals “have a right to life, liberty, privacy or dignity. They have a right not to be discriminated against or be subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment. They have a right to associate. They have a right to form a company. They have a right to freedom of expression.”
The court, on the other hand, backed the Registrar of Companies' decision not to register the organization since same-sex relationships are banned in the country.
Honduras Takes Responsibility For Trans Killings
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Vicky Hernández, a trans woman, sex worker, and activist with the trans rights organization Unidad Color Rosa, was slain in a military coup in San Pedro Sula in June 2009. Cattrachas Lesbian Network, a Honduran LGBT rights organization, filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of the family in 2012, claiming that the state was culpable for her death.
The commission took the issue to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which declared Honduras guilty of Hernández's murder in March 2021.
“We recognize before the international community, the Honduran people, and the family of Vicky Hernández, the responsibility of the Honduran state in the events that led to her death,” said President Xiomara Castro, according to the Human Rights Watch.