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Trans Day of Remembrance: “We must condemn transphobic violence and hate speech without reserve,” says General Rapporteur

“In the past year, hatred, violence and suicide have tragically cut short the lives of hundreds of trans people across the globe,” said the Assembly’s General rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), on the occasion of the Trans Day of Remembrance, 20 November 2022.

“As we honour their memory and their lives, we must also recognise that the reported figure of 327 killings between October 2021 and September 2022 falls far short of the shocking reality of violence faced by trans people worldwide, including in Council of Europe countries. High numbers of killings and violent attacks go unreported, or are not recorded as transphobic crimes,” he underlined, “and overwhelmingly, it is trans women who are targeted by such violence.”

“We must never accept such attacks. I call on all parliamentarians and political leaders to condemn without reserve all forms of transphobic violence, and all anti-trans, anti-gender hate speech, which directly contributes to such attacks,” said Mr Lacroix. “As politicians, we must unceasingly support trans people and actively promote a society free from hate.”