Posted on 11th May 2011 in Press

TGEU Press Release: 11 th May, 2011

Transgender Europe presents the Polish translation of Commissioner Hammarberg’s Issue Paper “Human Rights and Gender Identity”.

In cooperation with the Polish trans organization Trans-Fuzja, Transgender Europe’s (TGEU) research project “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” (TvT) publishes a Polish translation of the ground-breaking “Issue Paper Human Rights and Gender Identity” of Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg of the Council of Europe.

The Issue Paper has increased the visibility of trans issues since its publication in July 2009. It is ground-breaking in that it provides a summary of the manifold human rights violations against trans people and posits demands and remedies of how the situation of trans people should be responded to by the CoE member states.

With the Polish translation, this important document will now become more accessible to the Polish trans community and will provide a useful tool for advocacy work in Poland, a country where transgender rights have long been neglected and invisible on the human rights agenda.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) already published two translations of the paper, into Spanish and German. These two publications initiated the publication series of the “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” (TvT) research project. The Polish translation is the third volume of the TvT publication series.

The three volumes of the TvT publication series can be found as PDF files on the TvT project website:

http://www.transrespect-transphobia.org/en_US/tvt-project/publications.htm

or on the Trans Fuzja website:

http://transfuzja.org/download/dokumenty/hberg_pol.pdf

Print copies of the TvT publication series can be obtained from the TvT research team or from Trans Fuzja (only Polish version). See contact information below. TvT is a comparative, ongoing qualitative-quantitative research project, which provides an overview of the human rights situation of trans people 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. A research team from Transgender Europe coordinates the project, which is funded by the Open Society Foundations, the ARCUS Foundation,and partly by the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Trans-Fuzja Foundation is the only organization in Poland devoted strictly to trans issues. Founded officially in 2008, Trans-Fuzja works towards full equality and inclusion of transgender people in the Polish society. Within a three-year period it managed to have a great impact on the Polish political scene, where – finally – trans issues (especially those concerning legal gender recognition) have been recognised as important and worth working on. Trans-Fuzja is also devoted to educational work and support by organizing different trans related workshops across the country, as well as support groups which are aimed to help individual transgender persons.