The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) found in a decision released Monday that Peru owed damages to Azul Rojas Martin, a transgender woman who was imprisoned and tortured by Peruvian authorities.
Rojas Martin was detained by authorities in February 2008 striped of her clothes and beat as authorities screamed and insulted her for being transgender.
In its decision, the court noted the long history of discrimination and abuse against LGBT people. They also reiterated that LGBT people are part of a protected class and that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity will not be tolerated by the court.
The court ordered Peru to investigate and try the officers who attacked Rojas Martin. In addition, they are required to create an efficient way to investigate and punish people who commit anti-LGBT crimes. They also are asked to create educational programs for offenders to create awareness about the LGBT community. Finally, they are required to pay for Rojas Martin’s therapy and an undisclosed amount of money in reparations.