Published On: Mon, Apr 25th, 2016

UNAIDS condemns violence against transgender people in Caribbean

Portrait Half Woman Half Man, Androgyny ConceptBRIDGETOWN – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned 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.

“Violence against transgender people in Latin America and the Caribbean is compounded by their lack of access to justice,” UNAIDS said in a statement.

In Venezuela, according to a report by the online magazine Panorama, seven transgender people were killed between February and April. 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,” the UN agency said.

“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 expressed 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.

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