Gay young man burned and murdered in Mexican Caribbean after revealing that he was HIV-positive

Gay young man burned and murdered in Mexican Caribbean after revealing that he was HIV-positive

A young gay man was tortured, burned and killed after revealing that he was HIV-positive last weekend in the resort of Cancun, Mexican Caribbean, reported this Tuesday an organization that defends the LGBTTI + community in the entity.

According to the version of representatives of the Resilientxs organization, which announced the case, last Saturday, the victim was at a party in the Cancun spa, in which he revealed his serological status, before which, some of the assistants allegedly tortured, burned and ultimately murdered him.

“The victim was murdered inside a blacksmith shop; she was beaten, tortured, burned and killed once she commented that she had HIV, she had many stab wounds,” Edwin Reyes, a representative of Resilientxs, told Efe.

“This case has caused us a lot of anger because we are in the month that commemorates the pride of our community and in which rights are demanded and claimed,” he added.

After learning of the case, the head of the Quintana Roo Human Rights Commission, Marco Antonio Tóh, condemned the hate crime.

In addition, he informed that the Office of the General Inspector in Cancun will carry out the corresponding procedures to observe that justice is done in the case and urged the authorities to investigate with a gender perspective and that the crime does not go unpunished.

Meanwhile, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) of Quintana Roo opened an investigation folder for the crime of homicide, but not for a hate crime, because this crime is not yet classified in the entity’s Penal Code.

“The Quintanarroense LGBT Network, of which we are a part, has requested all authorities to reform the Penal Code to include hate crimes, according to international standards,” explained Reyes.

“But they have not done it or taken us into account, this speaks of the institutional abandonment that exists in the state,” added the activist, who emphasized that the denounced “is not an isolated case and that discrimination against the LGBTTI + community is recurrent. in the Mexican Caribbean ”.

Later, the Ministry of the Interior (Interior) rejected and strongly condemned the hate crime that occurred in Cancun and launched a call to the government of Quintana Roo to take the necessary measures against all types of violence aimed at LGBTTTI people, in addition to requesting an investigation with an anti-discrimination perspective.

According to the organization Letter S, Mexico registered 79 murders against people from the LGBT community in 2020. Of these, 43 of them were homicides of trans women.

In Quintana Roo, the state Human Rights Commission reported that 33 people have been murdered in recent years because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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