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Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide

Publié le 30 mars 2010

On March 17th, Transgender Europe (TGEU) launched the « Transrespect
versus Transphobia Worldwide » (TvT) research project and new Trans Murder Monitoring results : In the last 2 years the murders of 333 trans people have been reported

TvT is a comparative, ongoing qualitative-quantitative research project
which provides an overview of the human rights situation of trans
persons in different parts of the world and develops useful data and
advocacy tools for international institutions, human rights
organizations, the trans movement and the general public. A research
team from Transgender Europe is coordinating the project, which is
partly funded by the Open Society Institute. TGEU’s research team is
assisted by an Advisory Board, comprised of international LGBT, trans
and human rights activists from and will cooperate with partner
organizations in all six world regions (Africa, Asia, Central and South
America, Europe, North America, and Oceania). The TvT research project
is a work in progress. The data collected will be periodically compiled
and updated. In the beginning we present data of some selected countries
and a set of maps as well as the results of the Trans Murder Monitoring
project, which is a subproject of the TvT research project. More
information will be provided after the conclusion of the analysis of the
TvT questionnaire results and other research data. A Spanish version of
the website will follow soon.

333 cases of reported murders of trans people in the last 2 years !

The Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project started in April 2009 and is
systematically monitoring, collecting and analysing reports of homicides
of trans people worldwide. Updates of the preliminary results, which
have been presented in July 2009 for the first time, will be published
on the TvT website two to three times a year in form of tables, name
lists, and maps. The TMM January/February 2010 update has revealed more
than 330 cases of reported murders of trans people in the last 2 years.

The numbers of reports of murdered trans people are increasing !

The preliminary results show an increase in the number of reports of
murdered trans people over the last years. In 2008 the murder of a trans
person is reported every third day, on average, in 2009 the murder of a
trans person is reported every second day, on average. Yet, we know,
even these high numbers are only a fraction of the real figures. The
truth is much worse. These are only the reported cases which could be
found through internet research. There is no formal data and it is
impossible to estimate the numbers of unreported cases.

Cases have been reported from all six major World regions : Africa, Asia,
Central and South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania. Most
reported cases have been from the Americas, with the majority from
Brazil (59), the U.S. (17) and Colombia (13) in 2008 and from Brazil
(68), Venezuela (22), Honduras (14), the U.S. (14) and Guatemala (13) in
2009.

In total 97 murders of trans people were reported in 13 Central and
South American countries in 2008 and 156 murders in 15 Central and South
American Countries in 2009. The reported murders of trans people in
Central and South America account for 75 % of the world wide reported
murders of trans people in the last 2 years.

The recent update of the preliminary results also reveal that 11 murders
of trans people have been reported in 5 European countries (Germany,
Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey) in 2008 and 17 murders of trans
people in 6 European countries (Albania, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Turkey
and the UK) countries in 2009. In Asia 9 murders of trans people have
been reported in 5 Asian countries (Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan
and Singapore) in 2008 and 8 murders in 2 Asian countries (India and
Malaysia) in 2009, in Africa murders have been reported for South Africa
in 2008 and for Algeria in 2009, and in Oceania for Australia in 2008
and for New Zealand in 2009.

In total the preliminary results show 136 reports of murdered trans
people in 26 countries in 2008 and 197 reports in 26 countries in 2009
adding up to 333 reported murders in 36 countries in the last two years.

If you have further questions or if you want to support the research
project, please contact the TvT research team :

Dr. Carsten Balzer and Aimar Suess

research@transrespect-transphobia.org


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