Mexico: Condemn the killing of LGBT activist

by xenatisch

Amnesty International – UK

On 4 May 2011, Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrera was attacked and killed in Chilpancingo, southern Mexico, by unknown assailants. The attack appears to have happened when he was walking home after spending the evening socialising.

Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrera was an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights. He and his colleagues organised an annual Gay Pride and diversity march in Chilancingo every June. In previous years they had received telephone death threats warning them not to hold the march. After filing complaints with the authorities, they were granted police protection during the marches.

The circumstances of Quetzalcoatl’s killing remain unclear, but we are concerned that it may be related to his position as Director of CEPRODHEI (Centre for Study and Projects on Integrated Human Development), and his work as an outspoken advocate of gay rights.

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Thank you for your assistance in this Human Rights issue,

Pouria Hadjibagheri

Member of Amnesty International, United Nations and British Red Cross