Commemorating Transgender Victims of Violence Around the World
Today we commemorate transgender and gender non-conforming victims of violence around the world.
This event started in the United States fifteen years ago as a remembrance of Rita Hester, who was murdered in Alston, Massachusetts. At the time, the concerns of transgender people were barely on the radar of much of the world, and even within the United States’ civil and human rights community, the rights of transsexuals received short shrift.
Human Rights First advocates for better protection of LGBT persons from bias-motivated violence around the world. We laid out a framework for the Obama Administration to tackle this issue in our blueprint, How to Protect LGBTI Persons around the World from Violence.
While we’re pleased that the concerns of the transgender people have become an important element of the human rights dialogue, violence against them remains prevalent. It’s a particular problem in Central and South America, where 77% of reported murders of trans people have taken place since 2008.
Here are some recent cases of bias-motivated violence against transgender persons.
Maura Riberia, 27, was brutally murdered on June 12, 2012 in Callao, Peru. The perpetrator slit her wrists and then her throat.
Dalva Dalvanei Alves Pereira and “Camila” were decapitated in the house they shared together on Decemer 24, 2012 in Novo Gama, Brazil. The perpetrators then set the house on fire.
Nicole"Galisteu"(Bruno"Borges"Generoso), 20, was murdered in Curitiba, Brazil on January 6, 2012. She’d gone to a night club with four young men, and was killed after she kissed one of the young men and they realized she was a trans person.
Daniel Mendoza Macias, 21, was kidnapped from the bar she was working at in Monterrey, Mexico by an armed gang. She was found decapitated the next day.
On June 9, 2012 in Kuruman, South Africa, Thapelo Makutle’s was attacked by two heterosexual men who had followed her home. She was a 24 year old transgender LGBTI activist and had just won the Miss Gay pageant in Kuruman. She was brutally mutilated and her genitals were cut off and put in her mouth.
Asia Sanyay was beaten to death with a beer bottle in Juhu, India on September 5, 2013. She was found naked.
S. Athiswaran was stabbed to death in Butterworth, Malaysia on October 13, 2013. She was found tied to a chair with multiple stab wounds in her abdomen.