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HRC 35 Statement: Clustered ID with IE SOGI & SR on Executions

Rikki Nathanson (Zimbabwe) delivered this statement as part of the first UN Trans Advocacy Week on 6th June 2017.

  • Published
  • 6 June 2017
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Clustered interactive dialogue with:

  • Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

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Mr President, My name is Ricky Nathanson, and I am speaking on behalf of a group of 17 trans activists from all regions present at this Council session.

Worldwide, trans people face discrimination and violence on the basis of their gender identity and expression: murder, rape, beatings, imprisonment, forced sterilization, or the continued denial of their identity. The reports of the two Special Procedures are a testament to these abuses.

We warmly welcome them and thank them for their indispensable work. Mr Muntarbhorn’s report clearly explains how his Mandate fits into the existing framework of international law. We laud the focus in the report on intersectionality. Gender identity is a multifaceted issue, which must be contextually integrated with race, intersex status, class, age, sexual orientation, mental health, HIV status, ability, and any other status.

We encourage the Independent Expert to continue on this path, addressing how violence and discrimination on the basis of gender identity is intersectional, complex, and fundamentally impacted by all aspects of a person’s life. The trans community is particularly interested in the legal gender recognition component of this report. The majority of trans and gender diverse people around the world do not have access to legal gender recognition free from coercion, restrictive requirements, and the medicalization of our identities.

We encourage the Independent Expert to undertake a nuanced study of legal gender recognition programs globally, noting the current best practices by countries such as Malta and Argentina, and to promote consultative, community-based development of processes for legal gender recognition that are accessible, respectful, and based fundamentally on self-determination with full respect to the right to privacy.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.