DAY 01: Snapshot of COVID-19 has led to Human Rights Violations
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Historical systemic and systematic discrimination against trans people stemming directly from harmful laws criminalising their identities and sexual behaviours and a lack of legal gender recognition across Asia and the Pacific region has further impacted trans people’s access to financial and health security throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social protection schemes are a lifeline in reducing further inequality and debt. Accessing social protection schemes are a human right and should be available for those in need without discrimination, but given that many are unable to change citizenship and national documents to reflect their gender identity, the linking of social protection schemes through national identification documents meant that many trans people who were not able to produce ‘authenticated’ documents could not access government support and relief efforts.
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