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Rodrigo Ventocilla died on Aug. 11 in Bali. He was 32 years old. Photo courtesy of Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard graduate student: Rodrigo Ventocilla dies after alleged police mistreatment in Indonesia

Harvard student gets killed in Bali by police. Family alleges Rodrigo Ventocilla was mistreated and discriminated while in police custody.

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The Harvard Crimson reports that Rodrigo Ventocilla died on August 11th while in police custody at a hospital in Denpasar, Indonesia, after Rodrigo was allegedly mistreated and discriminated against by police.

Ventocilla, a 32 year old Harvard Kennedy School student from Peru, a transgender man and prominent trans rights activists, was pronounced dead five days after being detained upon arrival to Bali, under alleged drug possession charges.

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The families of Ventocilla and his spouse, Sebastian Marallano, called on the “Peruvian justice system to properly investigate the human rights violation of Rodrigo and Sebastian and to guarantee truth, justice and reparation,” reports The Harvard Crimson

His family alleges he was arrested in an “act of racial discrimination and transphobia,” deprived of basic rights, and subjected to police violence while family members and lawyers were kept in the dark about his condition.

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