Yefri Edgar Peña Tuánama

Yefri Edgar Peña Tuánama is a young transsexual who was tortured by private individuals with the acquiescence of the Police due to her sexual orientation. On 28 October 2007, Yefri Peña was assaulted by a group of five unknown individuals while returning home at night in Lima, Peru. She was beaten and cut with a blade in her face. She managed to escape and reached to two Police Officers who were patrolling the streets in the area. However, the Police Officers refused to help her and insulted her for her sexual orientation. Yefri was reached again by her attackers and was beaten again until people in the street helped her and brought her to the hospital where she underwent plastic surgery. REDRESS, La Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH) and PROMSEX have worked together on a criminal complaint which was presented to the second provincial Office of the Prosecutor in Lima on 12 March 2015. The complaint highlights the State of Peru’s responsibility for having failed to prevent, stop, investigate and punish those responsible for the crime of torture. We have also submitted that, in order to ensure full protection for vulnerable individuals like the LGBTI community in Peru, it is necessary to align the domestic definition of torture with international standards by including the element of discrimination within the domestic definition of torture.

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