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Prejudice plague transgender people

Between the 1st of January 2008 and the 31st of October 2013, 1 374 killings of Trans people were reported in 60 countries. This shows a significant sustained level of violence against Trans people. A new report by the UN Development Program (UNDP) investigates and discusses the situation of Trans people all over the world.\n

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13th January 2014 00:29

Alessia Valenza

Over 78% of the documented murders were executed in Central and South America. Many of the victims were also brutally raped and tortured, their bodies mutilated and discarded. The majority of those murdered, whose occupations were reported, were sex workers.

Although the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) continues to emphasize that states have an obligation to protect all people from discrimination or violence on the ground of gender identity, there is an increase in documentation of how states continue to violate Trans people’s human rights. There is also a growing number of reports suggesting that states fail to protect Trans people against abuses by third parties and refrain from ensuring Trans people’s enjoyment of basic human rights.

There are no definitive statistics or numbers of Trans people around the world. International literature suggests that as prejudice towards Trans people decrease, their visibility increases.

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