El Salvador toughens punishments for hate crimes against LGBT individuals
- The country’s lower chamber approved changes that will see those convicted of identity-based homicide against LGBT individuals facing up to 50 years in prison.
- The changes increase the maximum penalty for hate crimes–which also include racially, ethnically, and religiously based targeting–by 20 years.
- Gender continues to lag behind other protected classes, however, with those convicted of homicides against women facing 20 to 30 years of imprisonment.
“We have made a lot of progress in the democracy (of the country). This is a significant step toward the recognition of rights in the LGBT community.”
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