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It's also a blatant contradiction of Canadian policy," affirms the Archbishop, a spokesperson for the ICCHRLA.
"Your visit is practically the only alternative for my region," a young Christian base community leader and human rights activist who fled San Vicente in December told the ICCHRLA team.
Shortly after the members of the ICCHRLA commission left the zone, the young personero, or government ombudsman who receives complaints of human rights abuses, was forced to flee the town.
"These abuses are systematic, they take place in a context of deep-seated, violent homophobia and they must be recognized as a fundamental human rights issue," states Bill Fairbairn, ICCHRLA South America program co-ordinator and author of the report.
Among other recommendations, ICCHRLA calls on the governments of Latin America to "dismantle paramilitary groups which have targeted sexual minorities, as well as to remove from active duty and duly sanction police and military officers guilty of abuses against lesbians and gay men.
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