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2015, the most violent year for the LGBT community

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The armed conflict in Colombia has left close to 405 victims of the LGBT community.

Antioquia ranks first followed by Bogotá. These are some of the figures contained in the report on Human Rights on violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in 2015, entitled “Excluded Bodies, faces of impunity" compiled by Colombia Diversa together with other organizations.

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The figures presented are focused on the issue of killings, violence by police, threats and acts that victimize the LGBT community in the armed conflict.

One of the findings in this report, concludes that killings and impunity continue to increase. Some figures show that in 2015, 110 people from the LGBT community were killed, an alarming figure that has become the highest since 2012. Out of that number, 39% of the killings were motivated by prejudice against gender identity and sexual orientation.

The report also uncovered what has been the police violence and criminalization of LGBT people. The figure rises to 91 people affected by the security forces. Bogotá ranked first during 2015.

In addition, threats to this community continue in places where there is a presence of armed groups. The figure is increasing and compared to 2014 it increased by almost 50%.

Another findings of the report refer to forced displacements, which do not occur only at regional or national level but has also an intra-urban character and in this respect the document added that "the rearmament of paramilitary groups under different forms and names, is a reality that makes violence against LGBT persons remain and become acute in some scenarios."
The report also makes a number of recommendations to the National Government, Legal Medicine, the Attorney General's Office, National Police, Ombudsman and the Unit of Attention to Victims. Among the recommendations the report suggests implementing public policies and attention to LGBT community aimed at guaranteeing their rights.

Source: www.contagioradio.com

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