The Trans Murder Monitoring Project (TMM), whose press release last November linked to the results of its research posted on the TGEU website, has now launched its official website, Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT).
From its press release (direct link to PDF):
TvT is a comparative, ongoing qualitative-quantitative research project which provides an overview of the human rights situation of trans persons in different parts of the world and develops useful data and advocacy tools for international institutions, human rights organizations, the trans movement and the general public. […]
333 cases of reported murders of trans people in the last 2 years!
The Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project started in April 2009 and is systematically monitoring, collecting and analysing reports of homicides of trans people worldwide. Updates of the preliminary results, which have been presented in July 2009 for the first time, will be published on the TvT website two to three times a year in form of tables, name lists, and maps. The TMM January/February 2010 update has revealed more than 330 cases of reported murders of trans people in the last 2 years.
The number of reports of murdered trans people is increasing!
The preliminary results show an increase in the number of reports of murdered trans people over the last years. In 2008 the murder of a trans person is reported every third day, on average, in 2009 the murder of a trans person is reported every second day, on average. Yet, we know, even these high numbers are only a fraction of the real figures. The truth is much worse. These are only the reported cases which could be found through internet research. There is no formal data and it is impossible to estimate the numbers of unreported cases.
[…] In total 97 murders of trans people were reported in 13 Central and South American countries in 2008 and 156 murders in 15 Central and South American Countries in 2009. The reported murders of trans people in Central and South America account for 75 % of the world wide reported murders of trans people in the last 2 years.
The recent update of the preliminary results also reveal that 11 murders of trans people have been reported in 5 European countries (Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey) in 2008 and 17 murders of trans people in 6 European countries (Albania, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and the UK) countries in 2009. In Asia 9 murders of trans people have been reported in 5 Asian countries (Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore) in 2008 and 8 murders in 2 Asian countries (India and Malaysia) in 2009, in Africa murders have been reported for South Africa in 2008 and for Algeria in 2009, and in Oceania for Australia in 2008 and for New Zealand in 2009.
In total the preliminary results show 136 reports of murdered trans people in 26 countries in 2008 and 197 reports in 26 countries in 2009 adding up to 333 reported murders in 36 countries in the last two years.
The latest updates (January/February 2010) of the TMM results are available to download here and I’d urge anyone with any interest in the spiralling murder rates of trans people worldwide to spend some time on the TMM website.
Cross-posted at Questioning Transphobia
- TDOR 2009 – Bring it on home (RTN London remix) (November 23, 2009)
- TDOR 2009 event in London, Saturday 21st November (November 20, 2009)
- 11th International Transgender Day Of Remembrance, 20th November 2009 (November 20, 2009)
- TGEU press release: More than 160 murders of trans people in the last 12 months (November 19, 2009)
- TDOR 2009 – some events and locations in the UK (November 17, 2009)
- Reminder: 11th International Transgender Day of Remembrance (October 1, 2009)
- Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008 (November 20, 2008)
- Transgender Day of Remembrance: London, 23 November (November 13, 2008)
- November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 4, 2008)
- Every third day the murder of a trans person is reported (July 21, 2009)