Over the last month, three transgender women have been killed in Argentina in separate incidents, causing human rights organizations to issue a call for action. Following the killings of Marcela Chocobar and Coty Olmos in earlier weeks, Diana Sacayan, a famous LGBT activist was found dead in her apartment in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. While Argentina is one of the few countries that allows people to change their genders on official identification documents, Latin America also has some of the world’s highest rates of murder of transgender people. “A dark cloud has set over Argentina’s trans community,” said Mariela Belski, the executive director of Amnesty International Argentina. “Unless this latest wave of murders is effectively investigated and those responsible taken to justice, a message will be sent that attacking trans women is actually OK.” Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez (who, in 2012, had personally handed Sacayan a new ID card recognizing her as a woman) heeded Amnesty’s call, and publicly asked the police and national security services to solve this “horrible crime.”
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