Argentina: Transvestite dies in detention

Index Number: AMR 13/004/2000

The report focuses on the death in custody of Vanesa Lorena Ledesma, a transvestite whose legal name is Miguel Angel Ledesma, following five days of incommunicado detention in a police station in the city of Córdoba. Amnesty International has received reports that her body showed signs of torture and that the police also used physical violence at the time of her arrest. The report details similar instances of torture, ill-treatment and harassment of sexual minority groups in Argentina.

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