On January 28th, 2009, a television news report showed an incident in which neighborhood watch patrols in the city of Tarapoto, Peru, chased and caught a travesti (transvestite) and her companion and then physically humiliated and insulted them. Neighborhood watch members cut their victims' hair and forced them to strip before subjecting them to a series of military training exercises until they collapsed from exhaustion. Throughout the ordeal, a crowd of onlookers made fun of the victims.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) joins MHOL and RedLacTrans in requesting that you send emails asking Peruvian authorities to investigate this incident.
Please send your letters to:
- Sr. Remigio Hernani Meloni
Ministro del Interior
- Ministeriodel Interior Plaza 30 de Agosto s/n Urb. Corpac - San Isidro
- Gral. PNP Luis Hugo Mezarina Ponte
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos del Sector Interior
- General de Policía PNP Mauro Walter Remicio Maguiño
Director de la Policía Nacional
Please also send a copy of your letter to: