Vicki Hernández Castillo
29 Jun 2009
San Pedro Sula, Cortés (Honduras)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/29-Jun-2009/Vicki Hernández Castillo (Jonny Emelson Hernández)
Vicki was found dead the morning after going to work during a military-imposed two-night curfew. She had been strangled and shot in the head.
She was a sex worker and transgender activist.
New York, July 17, 2009) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) strongly condemns the recent murder and arbitrary arrests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Honduras. IGLHRC has learned that these human rights abuses have occurred as a direct result of the military coup on June 28, 2009, which ousted that country’s democratically elected government. The coup was apparently precipitated by now-exiled President Manuel Zelaya’s attempts to amend the constitution and seek an additional 4-year term in office after his original term expired in 2010.
“The recent coup in Honduras is an illegal assault on democracy that violates the rights of all Honduran citizens, including those who identify as LGBT,” said IGLHRC executive director Cary Alan Johnson. “We especially deplore the vicious murder and arbitrary arrests of LGBT people in the wake of this crisis.”
The transgender activist’s murder occurred on the night of June 29, 2009, after she went to work during the military-imposed two-night curfew. She was found dead in the morning of June 30, 2009, one block away from San Pedro Sula’s Gay Community Center, with two gunshot wounds: one through her head and one in her back. Local activists in Honduras claim she was killed by military police patrolling the streets. Representatives from Colectivo TTT/REDLACTRANS have protested the murder.
In November 2020 the Inter-American Court is to hold a hearing against the state of Honduras into her extra-judicial killing.
San José, Oct 29 (EFE) .- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) reported this Thursday that in its November session it will hold a hearing for the alleged extrajudicial execution of a transsexual activist in Honduras and another for the alleged disappearance of a person with a mental disability in Ecuador.
On November 11 and 12, the Inter-American Court, based in Costa Rica, will hold the public hearing, virtually, in the case of Hernández et al. Against Honduras. The case is related to the alleged international responsibility of the State for the alleged extrajudicial execution of Vicky Hernández, a transsexual woman and human rights defender, between the night of June 28 and the early morning of June 29, 2009, while a curfew was in effect.