RINCON DE LA VICTORIA is the first town in the region of Axarquia to train Local Police officers on hate crimes and discrimination towards lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersexual individuals (LGBTI).
The course took place on Thursday (September 11), coinciding with the International Day for Suicide Prevention, and was conducted by the Arco Iris Federation at the Local Police events hall.
“It is important to raise awareness on discrimination, especially because it is highly prevalent towards members of the LGBTI community,” said Deputy Mayor, Antonio Moreno.
“We are committed to work in the development of a municipal plan that guarantees the right for equality and eliminates any trace of discrimination,” said mayor of Rincon de la Victoria, Encarnacion Anaya.
The local government of Rincon de la Victoria announced that they will be putting forward the above mentioned plan made up of 15 measures regarding all fields of life including education, culture and youth, that guarantees a more united and respectful society, with heightened tolerance for affective, romantic, sexual and gender diversity.
The Arco Iris federation reminded that there is a website in Spanish called www.delitosdeodio.tk, in which users can find useful information to raise awareness on hate crimes and discrimination, both for victims, police officers and the general public.
In 2013, more than 1,172 hate crimes took place and as many as 452 had something to do with the victim’s sexual or gender identity.