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quarta-feira, Abril 26, 2006

To: The United Nations
Violence Against Transgendered Women Is At Critical Levels!

60% of all gender variant people are subjected to hate crimes. 8.3% of visible transwomen in the United States die by murder, versus 0.0055% in the general population. Amnesty International reports ongoing incidents of police brutality against transgendered women around the world. Yet even the United Nations does not recognize gender variant people as deserving of equal human rights.

As citizens of the world, we petition the United Nations to revise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from "all women and men" to "all people". The United Nations stands for human equality and freedom from discrimination for any reason, including gender. Yet the term "women and men" is exclusionary of all people whose gender cannot be described by either category.

We also urge that you include the term "gender", within Article 2, "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." This addition is suggested to protect transgendered people, whose human rights are being violated because of their exhibited gender, not their biologic sex.

The transgender population of the world is emerging, and in doing so, faces grave misunderstanding, prejudice and injustice on a daily basis. In the absence of recognition as a distinct and equal subset of humanity, transgendered people do not receive equal protection under common law or human rights. Many instances can be referenced where transgender people were not afforded equal rights nor freedoms, and have been subjected to atrocious and inhumane treatment at the hands of law makers and society at large. (See links below)

We urge the United Nations to take a leading role in including the transgender population through use of the phrase "all people", rather than excluding them by using the term "all women and men". This simple step would go a long way in setting precidents for the equal recognition and protection of all human beings of the world.

EXISTING TERMINOLOGY


Preamble: "Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women."

Article 2: "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

Article 16(1): "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.

PROPOSED TERMINOLOGY:


Preamble: "Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of all people."

Article 2: "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

Article 16(1): "People of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.

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PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING REPORTS OF RECENT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND HATE-CRIMES AGAINST TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE.
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Amnesty Reports of Police Brutality
http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510012006

Police Abuse and Misconduct in U.S.
http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/document.do?id=ENGUS20050922002

Deadly Attacks and Murders in Guatemala
http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/02/21/guatem12696.htm

Frequent Sexual Assult on Transwomen
http://my.execpc.com/~dmmunson/Nov99_7.htm

Denver Teen Attacked by Four Men
http://www.tgcrossroads.org/news/archive.asp?aid=167

Maria Roman Assulted by Miami Police
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/03/151130.php

Hijra Woman Face Violence in India
http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/PUCL/PUCL%20Report.html

Gwen Araujo Brutally Killed
http://www.transgenderlawcenter.org/gwen/index.html

Unsolved Murder of Amancio Corrales
http://www.theamancioproject.org/



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WE THE PEOPLE STRONGLY URGE THE UNITED NATIONS TO AFFIRM THAT "ALL PEOPLE" ARE DESERVING OF EQUAL RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS, NOT JUST "MEN AND WOMEN".