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The harassment was shocking in its virulence and frightening in its persistence. As a gay couple living in Colombia, Camilo Alfredo Perdomo Lopez and Juan Carlos Veloza Valero were subjected to as many as five or six menacing phone calls a day filled with obscenities and graphic death threats.

They were victimized by break-ins and vandalism at Perdomo’s Bogota travel agency and accosted in bars and on the street. When Veloza was held up at gunpoint by assailants shouting gay slurs, the two men became convinced that if they stayed in Colombia they would be killed.

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