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Fifteen gay activists receive death threats in Brazil

Fifteen activists from Curitiba, state capital of Paraná, Brazil report they have been receiving constant death threats
Toni Reis, president of the Brazilian National LGBT association, and one of the 15 activists threatened said he will continue his work and won't be initimdated
Fiften activists from Curitiba, Brazil have revealed today that they have been receiving constant death threats since the last week of September.
All the threats are of a homophobic nature and characteristic of hate crimes expressing a high degree of cruelty.
They have been being received by telephone at home and at work, by mobile phone, e-mail andsocial media since the last week of September.
The phone calls are being made from public telephones.
Among the 15 threatened are Márcio Marins, president of the NGO Dom da Terra and Toni Reis, president of ABGLT – the national Brazilian LGBT association.
Reis revealed that one of the threats he received by phone said: 'You are going to die, you, your husband and your son. Your mother is a dyke'.
In view of the situation, this week the Human Rights Secretariat of Brazil sent a special mission to Curitiba, comprising of Irina Bacci, general coordinator of the National Human Rights Ombudsman Service, Igo Martini, general coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Protection Programme and three members of the programme’s technical team. The mission interviewed everyone who reported having been threatened.
The mission also had meetings with several authorities of the Paraná State Government, including the Secretary of Justice, Citizenship and Human Rights (SEJUS), Maria Tereza Uille Gomes, and authorities responsible for policing.
All the cases have been referred to the Civil Police Special Operations Centre (Centro de Operações Policiais Especiais - COPE).
SEJUS is to set up with the utmost urgency an pan institutional committee comprised of several government departments and human rights activists to accompany the threats and homophobic violence in the state of Paraná.
Steps will also be taken to form a Reference Centre with a multidisciplinary team to attend to LGBT people suffering threats or discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The complaints regarding the threats will also be submitted formally to the governor of the State of Paraná, Beto Richa, asking for a meeting with the governor’s and protection.
Complaints will also be submitted to the public prosecution service and to the federal police for investigation as there may be links with hate groups in Curitiba.
A request will also be made for a public hearing to be held at the Paraná Legislative Assembly to discuss the threats and homophobia faced by the LGBT population in the state.
Speaking with Gay Star News Reis said: ‘We are very sad that for being threatening for fighting for LGBT community.
‘We are doing no harm to anyone, we are citizens just like any other, and in return we are receiving death friends.
‘We are simply working to help further equality in Brazil.
‘We’re very concerned about the rising tide of homophobia in Brazil, which we think may be related to the growing religious fundamentalism from evangelical Churches that increasingly have more political clout.
‘Death threats are very intimidating, from the fifteen people that were threatened, three have already announced that they will stop their advocacy for LGBT rights.
‘In my case the attacks only strengthens my determination to pursue LGBT rights advocacy more vigorously.
‘They won’t intimidate me.’
According to the report 'Homophobic Violence in Brazil in 2011', published by the Human Rights Secretariat of Brazil, the state of Paraná is in the 5th place in terms of violence against LGBT people.
The research is based on official figures of number of complaints of homophobic violence made to Brazil’s emergency services number, 100.
In the state of Paraná 424 complaints were received in 2011 alone. In the same year the national total was 6,809 violations.

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Fifteen gay activists receive death threats in Brazil


Fifteen activists from Curitiba, Brazil have revealed today that they have been receiving constant death threats since the last week of September.
All the threats are of a homophobic nature and characteristic of hate crimes expressing a high degree of cruelty.
They have been being received by telephone at home and at work, by mobile phone, e-mail and social media since the last week of September.
The phone calls are being made from public telephones.
Among the 15 threatened are Márcio Marins, president of the NGO Dom da Terra and Toni Reis, president of ABGLT – the national Brazilian LGBT association.
To read the full story, click HERE.
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Thursday, 25 October 2012


Homophobic, death threats in Brazil


15 important gay activists in Brazil receive death threats in the last few weeks. Some saying: 'You are going to die, you, your husband and your son. Your mother is a dyke'. their is huge concern right now in Brazil because the report on Homophobic Violence in Brazil in 2011 brought out by the human rights secretariat is very alarming. I couldn't find the result of the 2011 report but I have found the one of 2010 which is also very concerning. Out of the 15 activist 3 has already declared that they would quite their function. However, some like Reis' who receive the horrible threat I gave you higher, said very hopeful things.

‘In my case the attacks only strengthens my determination to pursue LGBT rights advocacy more vigorously.
‘They won’t intimidate me.’

According to the result given by the 2011 report the state of Parana is in 5th place for the violence done to the LGBT community.
In the state of Paraná 424 complaints were received in 2011 alone. In the same year the national total was 6,809 violations. And this is only those that are reported to the authority, at the emergency number 1-00(our 9-11).
A report suggests the risk of a gay man being murdered in Brazil is 800% higher than in the US, in 2011 216 LGBT person have been killed in brazil, this is 6 more than in 2010.

These threats are due I believe to the recognition of same sex union in may by the suprem court, lots of tension is in the Latin America, the hard work of activist has paid of but at what price? Latin America have usually and traditionally had very little success.




human rights report 2010: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/wha/154496.htm
news article: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/fifteen-gay-activists-received-death-threats-brazil241012
related inormation:http://qbits.tumblr.com/post/24331731563/280-gay-hate-murders-in-brazil-and-peru-in-2011



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Activists in Brazil receive constant death threats

Activists in Brazil receive constant death threats
15 GLBT activists in Curitiba, Brazil have come out saying they have been receiving a constant stream of death threats since last September.
The activists have been bombarded via telephone calls at home and at work, by mobile phone, e-mail and socialmedia and say all calls have been made from public pay phones.
“You are going to die, you, your husband and your son. Your mother is a dyke,” was one of the threats Toni Reis, president of ABGLT – the national Brazilian LGBT association, received.
“We are doing no harm to anyone, we are citizens just like any other, and in return we are receiving death friends.” said Reis. “We are simply working to help further equality in Brazil.”
“We’re very concerned about the rising tide of homophobia in Brazil, which we think may be related to the growing religious fundamentalism from evangelical Churches that increasingly have more political clout.”
“Death threats are very intimidating, from the fifteen people that were threatened, three have already announced that they will stop their advocacy for LGBT rights. In my case the attacks only strengthens my determination to pursue LGBT rights advocacy more vigorously. They won’t intimidate me.”
The Secretary of Justice, Citizenship and Human Rights is to set up a committee comprised of several government departments and human rights activists to look into the threats and homophobic violence in the state of Paraná.
All the cases have been referred to the Civil Police Special Operations Centre .
| Sarah Murphy
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