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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PRESS RELEASE  29 June 2018   The second  UN Trans Advocacy Week gathered together 23 trans and gender diverse human rights defenders from 19 countries for the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historic event was a joint initiative by a  trans-led collaborative work, centering trans activism and issues at this  significant, global arena. It was organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association...

  In a historic moment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released the official version of the ICD-11 in which all trans-related categories were removed from the chapter of Mental and Behavioral Disorders. In response to the achievement, Joe Wong the Executive Director of APTN stated that “the removal of trans-related categories from the ICD chapter of  Mental and Behavior Disorders is a great accomplishment and reveals the decades-long work that trans people have been working for globally. This is a necessary...

Hướng dẫn tổng thể Hướng dẫn Chăm sóc Toàn diện cho Người Chuyển giới và Cộng đồng Chuyển giới tại Châu Á và Thái Bình Dương The Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint is a tool for the work we all do to improve health and human rights for trans people and trans communities. It is a comprehensive, accessible trans health reference document for trans community advocates, health professionals, policymakers, and those who design or deliver services to trans people. The Blueprint provides...

Legal Gender Recognition: A Multi-Country Legal and Policy Review in Asia The vast majority of transgender people across the Asia-Pacific region are unable to obtain any official identification documents that reflect their gender identity. This lack of gender recognition fosters widespread social exclusion, stigma, discrimination and violence when individuals are perceived to deviate from gender norms because their gender identity and/or expression does not coincide with their sex assigned at birth. This report undertakes a comprehensive review of existing laws, policies...

Joint Statement on Trans Advocacy Week at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session Sixteen trans and gender diverse activists from fifteen countries across all regions of the world - including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean - participated in the first Trans Advocacy Week at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historical event was a joint initiative organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for...

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on 20 November, is a day to memorialize the transgender men and women who have lost their lives to hate crimes and violence during the previous year. TDoR is also serves to highlight and bring public attention to anti-transgender violence and murder, to publicly mourn the violence inflicted on our community and the lives of the people we have lost, and to remind cisgender people that we are their siblings,...

In concert with the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation on 22 October 2016, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network has developed the following discussion paper on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) within the World Health Organisation in relation to transgender issues to help local trans activists in the region understand the classification system and prepare to engage the revision process for the ICD. The ICD is now in edition 10 (ICD-10) and edition...

The mandate of the new UN Special Rapporteur on SOGI is being challenged. All UN member states get a vote - so make sure your government hears from you! In opposition to the resolution challenging the Special Rapporteur, APTN has released a joint statement with our partners, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, Pacific Sexual Diversity Network, ILGA Asia, and APCOM. Joint Statement: Defend the Human Rights Council Resolution On June 30th 2016 the United Nation Human Rights Council for the first time adopted the...

LGBTI activists from Asia and the Pacific welcome the decision of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the protection of the human rights of LGBTI people around the world, while reaffirming the legitimate mandates of the Human Rights Council. On 21 November, the UNGA rejected a move that aims to weaken the legitimately established Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IESOGI). Resolution A/C.3/71/L.46 (2016) proposed to postpone the IESOGI mandate pending UN investigation into...

On Monday, December 19th, a group of states attempted to halt the mandate of the Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The position of Independent Expert in SOGI was created by the passing of UN Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/32/2 in June of this year and is held by Vitit Muntarbhorn, a Thai human rights expert. The Independent Expert began his work in November. The first attempt to block...