Left Menu
Development News Edition

Trans community penalised in every part of globe, says study

Devdiscourse News Desk | London | Updated: 18-05-2019 07:29 IST | Created: 18-05-2019 03:46 IST
Trans community penalised in every part of globe, says study
Image Credit: Wikimedia

Transgender women have been attacked by police conducting "social cleansing" in Honduras, while police in Indonesia's Aceh province said they want to get "rid of all transgender people," a report on the criminalisation of trans people said on Friday.

Trans people are prosecuted in every corner of the world, with laws designed to preserve public order used in at least 26 countries, two of them in Eastern Europe, according to the Human Dignity Trust, a global LGBT+ rights advocacy group.

At least 15 countries criminalise people whose gender expression is perceived to be at odds with their birth sex. In at least nine countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia this is through outlawing cross-dressing.

Trans people "are targeted simply because they are different, because they are not conforming to (how) society or the church or the mosque tells people how they should behave," Tea Braun, the director of the Human Dignity Trust said.

The report also found evidence that at least nine countries use laws criminalising same-sex relations to prosecute trans people, but added, "The real figure is likely much higher."

Gay sex is illegal in 70 countries, according to the ILGA, an LGBT+ rights group. In many countries police and other state officials target trans people, Braun said.

"They are committing atrocities," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Abuse by state authorities is not limited to less wealthy countries.

More than half of trans Americans who encountered police said they experienced some form of mistreatment, according to a 2015 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, a U.S. trans rights group.

Trans people in American jails also face a higher risk of violence than others, from both other inmates and prison officials, according to the survey.

"The discrimination and violence perpetrated by law enforcement against transgender people largely comes down to power dynamics and an overt lack of respect for transgender people's humanity," said Taylor Brown, a lawyer with Lambda Legal, a U.S. LGBT+ rights group.

However, Braun said that globally, "there is progress, because there is increasing awareness and advocacy".

She cited the example of Guyana, where a law banning cross-dressing was ruled to be unconstitutional by a regional appeals court in November 2018, after a legal battle stretching over several years.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Dissecting how COVID-19 is catalyzing the trajectory of New World Order

The ensuing pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the globalization in two ways firstly, shrinking the importance of globalization as an economic force by curtailing mobility through worldwide lockdowns, and secondly, rejuvenating the idea of indig...

Videos

Latest News

Spain denies sacking police official in retaliation over coronavirus investigation

Spain denied on Tuesday that it had sacked a senior police official as punishment for criticising the government during an investigation into a decision to approve a rally in March that may have helped spread the coronavirus. A court is loo...

Over 100 new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, state tally reaches 2,283

A total of 101 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported in Karnataka on Tuesday, taking the total count to 2,283 in the state. 101 new COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka between 5 pm yesterday and 5 pm today. The total number of cases...

UAE sends aid plane carrying medical supplies to DR Congo

The UAE today sent an aid plane carrying six metric tons of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of Congo.The aid will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.Commenting on the ai...

France reports more than 28,500 coronavirus deaths

Frances cumulative death toll from coronavirus infection rose by 73 or 0.3 to 28,530 on Tuesday, a similar rate of increase as the day before despite health authorities having resumed taking into account nursing home data after a four-day i...

Give Feedback