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Life imprisonment for murderers of transgender people in Argentina

The viuda Rafael, a transsexual history of prime-time TV in public ... © DR.

(Blogmensgo, November 29, 2012) The Chamber of Deputies of Argentina has adopted November 15, 2012, a law punishing by imprisonment murders of women and transgender people related to their sexual identity.

The law against "femicide" was adopted unanimously by the 222 deputies present in the Chamber. This concept of femicide did not previously exist in the Argentinian Penal Code. It involves a life sentence excluding any mitigating circumstance if the defendant has a history of violence. The sentences are limited between eight and twenty-five years for other types of homicide.

The concept of femicide is also retained if the victim is a relative, an ex-spouse or ex-partner (even without cohabitation) of the murderer. According to the feminist NGO Casa del Encuentro, no fewer than 53 women were burned alive by their partner or ex-partner since February 2010.

Argentina becomes the tenth country in Latin America to a specific crime of femicide, after Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and El Salvador.

Two days before the adoption of this law, for the first time in Argentina, a transsexual was the star of a TV series. The first thirteen episodes of the telenovela called La viuda Rafael (Rafael's widow) was released November 13, 2012 at primetime on the public channel Canal 7 Argentina.

The drama about the life in 2010 of a transgender community and their struggle for equal rights and marriage for all, just before Argentina legalizes gay marriage and the new life of the protagonists just after.

This film is an adaptation of a work by Puerto Rican writer Luis Daniel Estrada Santiago.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo

(Via Le Figaro and PrensaLibre.com 15 November 2012)

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