Financial crisis hits Americas’ official human rights watchdog

A severe financial crisis is forcing drastic staff cuts and reduction in operations at the human rights commission for North and South America, which was created by and is partially funded by the Organization of American States. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said in a press release: “The Commission deeply regrets having to … Continue reading

Africa / Americas

Historic meeting from Africa, Americas: End anti-LGBTI attacks

In an unprecedented meeting, human rights experts from Africa and the Americas have appealed for an end to violence targeting LGBTI people. The meeting, which involved United Nations human rights experts and representatives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, occurred in November 2015. It … Continue reading


1000s who died in anti-gay, anti-trans attacks (update)

The pace of hate-crime murders and executions of LGBTI people is overwhelming. The numbers are so large that this blog’s list of reported homophobic hate-crime killings of LGBTI people could not be kept updated. The list started shortly after the murder of this blog’s journalist/activist Eric Lembembe of Cameroon, whose body was found July 15, … Continue reading


770 LGBT killings and major assaults in the Americas

A press release issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on December 17, 2014 reported the pervasiveness of violence including murders and violent assaults against LGBT’s in the Americas.  This article is an edited version of that news release with added data and information from the OAS’ Registry of Violence on those nations … Continue reading