Press statement: UNAIDS Condemns Violence Against Transgender People

transgenderKINGSTON, 25 April, 2016— UNAIDS condemns killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Guyana, Honduras and Venezuela.

In Bolivia, through a press release issued last week, the LGBT Collective denounced the deaths of two transgender women in the city of Santa Cruz, requesting that the State accelerates procedures for investigation and punishment.

In Venezuela, according to a report by the online magazine Panorama, seven transgender people were killed between February and April, three of them in Barquisimeto.

In Brazil the situation is also serious. Glória Crystal of the organization Livre Orientação Sexual e Identidade de Gênero told O Globo in an interview published on January 16, 2016, that since the beginning of this year 48 transvestite and transsexual people had been killed throughout the country.

In Honduras last weekend the LGTB civil society organization Comunidad Gay Sampedrana para la Salud Integral called on the Public Prosecutor and the human rights organizations to ensure that the death of the transgender activist Alejandra Padilla does not go unpunished.

In Argentina, last month, repressive and violent actions carried out by law enforcement officers against transgender people were reported in the province of Salta, during eviction operations.

Violence against transgender people in Latin America and the Caribbean is compounded by their lack of access to justice. Last month in Guyana, three transgender women were forbidden to attend court or to appear before the court because they were wearing female attire.

According to the report on violence against LGBTI people in Latin America and the Caribbean published in December 2015 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), trans women are immersed in a cycle of violence, discrimination and criminalization which usually starts at an early age with exclusion and violence suffered in their homes, communities and schools.

UNAIDS urges governments in the region to do everything in their power to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for the killings of trans people and increase their life expectancy through measures that reduce vulnerability to violence and death.

At the same time UNAIDS urges states to promote a culture of human rights, in order to reach the goal of zero discrimination. Without this it will be impossible to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNAIDS also expresses full support for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender people (REDLACTRANS), in its efforts to end the intimidation and violence endured by transgender people throughout the region.


  • Well Well & Consequences

    I am all for people living their lives free of harassment as long as their lifestyles do not affect other peoples. Given that people suffer with all the ists that are second nature through centuries of nurture, prejudice ,racist practices, etc. Was it a good idea for leaders like David Cameron to condone that these lifestyles be brought into the open and those who suffer with prejudice and other ists be forced to accept them.

    Maybe the project needed is to cure people of their prejudices, makes it easier to accept other people lifestyles, skin colors, etc….undo the centuries of nurtued hatreds.


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  • Retribution-things that make me go hum!

    Transgender women? No, they are men. If you were born with a Dik you are a man! I too, am against discrimination of any kind against anyone but we must be careful how many rights we give this Community.

    Another case for these agencies to dictate to countries what they policies should be with respect to the LGBTQ Agenda.


  • A lot of Olympic decathletes are sufferering from ptsd now its out they were beaten in 1976 by a er . woman


  • a press statement that cries out and seeks compassion from a world that lacks sensitivity and tolerance
    Exhibit A the actions of an embolden Guyanese justice system that is sworn to protect the rights of All citizens


  • the trans gender once abode in a world of seclusion and exclusion ,but now a time has come whereby they can seek acceptance and be recognized with all the same privileges and rights under law as the heterosexual there are still are those remnants of society who believes it is there duty to stand in the way being interpreters of the constitution using prejudice and bias as the reflector of all things equal


  • There are people who, for whatever reason, be it genetics or choice, decide or feel compelled to live their lives as a member of the opposite sex.

    One of my friends is a true haemaphrodite, having been born with 2 sets of organs. That person, although having a penis, always wanted to be a girl yet when she was only 15 her FATHER chose to send her to hospital without her consent, to have a hysterectomy and a boob job to remove her womb and breasts. She woke up in hospital devoid of all female organs.

    A few years later now a HE, she got drafted and had to fight in Vietnam. It was a nightmare and one day she dug herself a grave there, hoping to just die.

    She recovered from war wounds and fell in love with a girl. They were married. They had 2 children, a boy and a girl.

    After about 15 years, she confessed to her wife the true story. They agreed to divorce and never told the children.

    Years later, now living as a woman, my friend discovered a genetic illness and the fact that her mother came from a village in Finland where haemophradites were commonplace.

    What to tell the children or indeed tell them at all? I still don’t know what they decided to do.

    My friend has a personality I can only describe as Angelic. Regardless of the traumas he/she is a combination of masculinity and femininity. It’s an honour to be in the presence of such a person; suddenly all gender divides vanish; she’s your best friend, he stands up when you leave the table. It’s amazing to talk to someone who REALLY understands both sides of the story.

    This is a very unusual story, entirely unique, I imagine but I feel that people who are confused about their gender ought to be given a chance.

    It doesn’t mean however that our children should be bombarded, particularly at a vulnerable age, with nonsensical choices about what sex they wish to be. All of us get crushes on same sex people when we are young, it’s just part of growing up; one may idolise a film star, a singer, etc and wish to BE them. That does not mean growing up to suddenly be “transexual or transgendered”.

    If anyone feels like having a same sex relationship I say let them but PLEASE don’t confuse the children!


  • @Victor

    That is a gut wrenching revelation. The emotional turmoil!


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