OTD Chile incorporates recommendations on the Human Rights of trans population in alternative reports for the 3rd EPU cycle 2019
On April of this year, the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile convened organizations of the native nations from both, civil society and academic world to create a set of alternative reports for the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the State of Chile before the Human Rights Council and UN Members States, which will be hold on January of 2019 in Geneva. In this context, OTD Chile participated together with the Lesbian group “Rompiendo el Silencio” and the Corporation “Miles”, in the commission which drew up a report on sexualities and genders, including recommendations about the right for gender identity, sex-affective education and health of trans population (see also +pages 63-73 of the publication).
After almost five months of work, seven reports were written that were sent in July to the United Nations UPR system and, in addition, turned into a printed publication, which was launched on September 12, the same day that the Gender Identity Act was passed in his last vote in the Chamber of Deputies. In her speech at Aula Magna of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, the director of the center, Nancy Yáñez Fuenzalida, congratulated the trans population for this achievement and appreciated the use of inclusive language in the reports sent. Hor his part, the Dean Ruiz-Tagle appreciated the approach of the Casa de Bello with the civil society.
Franco Fuica, Legislation and Public Policy coordinator of OTD Chile, highlights the inclusion of recommendations to eliminate discrimination in the health system, pointing out the need for a health center of reference for trans population, which guarantees the access to hormonal or surgical treatments for those who need it. Likewise, he highlights the need for create a state body focused on inclusion in topics of sexualities and genders; in charge of protective measures, such as shelter house for trans person of all ages, who are homeless because they lost their support networks.
With a high attendance, yesterday was held the presentation of the book “Informes Alternativos para el 3er Ciclo del Examen Periódico Universal del Estado de Chile”.
For more information about the report and the results, check the link out
In this work also participated: the Association of Relatives of Political Executed (AFEP), Lesbian group “Rompiendo el Silencio”, National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI), Chilean Comission on Human Rights, Chilean Commision Pro Juvenile rights (CODEJU), Ethical Commission Against Torture (ECAT), Protection and promotion of Human Rights of La Legua Neighborhood, Corporation “Miles Chile”, NGO FIMA, Structural Litigation for South America (NGO LEASUR), Regional Indigenous Council of Santiago, Observatory of Institutional Violence in Chile (OVIC), Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM), and Mapuche Polítical Platform. The Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile and the International work group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)delivered technical assistance.
To access to the digital version of the publication, enter to the official page of the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, click here.
Photography: Press Faculty of Law, University of Chile
Translated by: Javiera Saavedra R.