A new report released Wednesday shows that 265 transgender people became victims of violent killings across the world over the last 12 months.
The figures were released yesterday by the Trans Murder Monitoring project and they indicated a 20% increase from last year, when 221 trans murders were reported.
In total, since January 2008 the murders of 1083 trans people have been reported.
The Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project started in April 2009 and systematically monitors, collects and analyses reports of homicides of trans people worldwide.
Updates of the preliminary results, which have been presented in July 2009 for the first time, are published on the website of the “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” project 2 to 3 times a year in form of tables, name lists and maps.
‘We are witnessing a significant increase [of murders], which points to the extreme level of violence many trans people continue to be exposed to,’ said a statement from Transgender Europe.
The update shows reports of murdered or killed trans people in 29 countries in the last 12 months, with the majority from Brazil (126), Mexico (48), and the USA (15), followed by Venezuela (9), Honduras (8), Colombia (6), Uruguay (6) and Guatemala (5). In Asia most reported cases have been found in India (6), Pakistan (5) and the Philippines (4), and in Europe in Turkey (5).
Central and South America accounted for 80 % of the globally reported homicides of trans people since January 2008.
The figures were released for the 14th International Transgender Day of Remembrance, that will be commemorated around the world on Tuesday 20 November.
The report can be accessed here.