STATEMENT OF THE TRANS, GENDER NONBINARY AND GENDER NON-CONFORMABLE PEOPLE FROM CENTRAL ASIA ON INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE (TDOR)

21.11.2018

STATEMENT OF THE TRANS, GENDER NONBINARY AND GENDER NON-CONFORMABLE PEOPLE FROM CENTRAL ASIA ON INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE (TDOR)

We are community of transgender, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming people of  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.   On the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), we call for Attention that trans people throughout Central Asia are constantly exposed   violence, abuse and  bullying due to transphobia and cis normativity.

Violence occurs in families when relatives who don’t want to accept us, consider themselves entitled to lock us up at home, beat and rape. The family, instead of acceptance and support, becomes an unsafe place in our life

We are forced to give up education, not enduring the bullying from classmates, students and teachers and we also face the same thing at work from directors and colleagues. In medical institutions, medical specialists who take the Hippocratic Oath forget about it, when trans people address them to receive medical treatment, denying medical assistance, in critical cases ambulance may refuse to hospitalize.

In law enforcement offices when trans person seeks protection, but faces one more source of violence. The high level of violence in Central Asian countries is due to the insufficient provision of equal protection of trans citizens at the legislative level: there is no anti-discrimination legislation, there is no legal protection from hate crimes on the basis of gender identity. Moreover, in our countries there is discriminatory legislation and criminal prosecution of trans people.

 

We are transgender, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming people of Central Asia, we invoke:

! Our families to stop domestic violence against trans people. Instead, respect identity and support your trans children, parents, brothers, sisters, non-binary or gender non-conforming members of your family.   After all, family is a source of support.

! We call   human rights organizations and professionals who provide assistance to trans people, as well as all citizens of Central   Asia to become allies of the trans community in their countries,    protect  for the rights of trans people   and in every way to obstruct violence against trans people.

!   We demand protection from violence against   trans sex workers, not only living in Central Asia, but also Central Asian migrants working in Russia.

!   We require from    Central Asian states eliminate all harassing, criminalizing norms against trans people and act as the guarantee of transgender citizens rights and safety.

!   We require making   protection mechanism   from blackmail, violence and abuse of power by the police.

!   We demand from Central Asian states   stop illegal detentions  of trans people   or keeping of lists by the police.

!   We call Google, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram   stop supporting the distribution of video, memes, images with content of violence against trans people.

!   We call   cis LGBQ communities to   stop stigma within a community that is broadcast towards trans people.

Together, we can stop  violence, and stop the killing and hate crimes against transgender, gender non-binary and non-conforming people in Central Asia.

 

 

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