Transgender woman Nikol Ortellado, 24, was murdered in her living room in Puerto Obligado, Paraguay) the morning of Sept. 27th, 2018. Nikol Ortellado is the latest in a string of 61 transgender murders that have gone uninvestigated despite numerous public confessions by the perpetrators.
In the past 25 years, 54 Paraguayan transgender women have been murdered without a single case investigated according to a collaborative 2017 human rights report,
Viki Acosta, president of transgender rights organization Panambí , told presentes.org “We are facing another case of a hate crime, and there have already been 61 murders of transgender people” since the end of Alfredo Stroessner’s dictatorship in Paraguay in 1989, Acosta said. He added that, so far, “none of these cases has been clarified,” despite the fact that in some of these murders, “the confessed perpetrators” of the crimes were arrested.”
Before the murder of Nikol, the last transfemicide in Paraguay was that of Naomi , who exactly one month ago was assassinated with a machete, and then incinerated in the city of Piribebuy (about 100 kilometers from Asunción).
A 19-year-old man confessed to having committed the crime, and drove the police to the place where he had buried the body of Naomi, who was 29 years old.
In addition, on October 15, 2017, Romina Vargas, a 28-year-old trans woman , was murdered in the Gran Asunción. In this case there was also a man who was found with the knife with which he stabbed her and who, laughingly, confessed to the media that he had committed the murder, and that he would do it again because of his “hatred of the transvestites”.
October 15 is the date that Panambí and other trans organizations want to declare as the National Trans Day, to claim the rights of trans people, and remember the 61 victims of hate crimes since 1989. To do this, this Friday will present a note to the president of the Paraguayan Congress, requesting the legal recognition of this date, in homage to Romina. The action will take place within the framework of the IV Trans National Meeting, which will gather trans people from the capital and several departments of the country in Asunción.