Posted on 1. July 2013 in Work with Institutions

Vanessa Lacey

Council of Europe Committee hears and addresses transgender human rights violations


On May 24th 2013, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe  discussed transgender issues.

Dr. Nicolas Beger (Amnesty International) and Vanessa Lacey (TENI) spoke to the Parliamentarians about the human rights situation of trans people in Europe with Vanessa giving ample testimony on how it is to be trans in Ireland.

Listen to Vanessa’s Speech here. (contains descriptions of transphobic violence!)

The Statement from the Committee

Situation of Transgender persons: education is the passport to the future

Strasbourg, 24.05.2013 – At the end of a hearing on the situation of transgender persons, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination decided to further discuss the issue with a view to improve the situation of transgender persons particularly in the fields of health care, transphobic hate crime and gender recognition.

According to Amnesty International, “Transgender issues have historically been doused with stigma and stereotypes. Europe is starting to grow in awareness, starting to realise that transgender people have suffered injustice for too long. Education is the passport to the future,” Vanessay Lacey, an Irish Health and Education Officer stressed in a presentation of her own situation as a transgender person. She particularly underlined the need to combat transphobic hate crimes which come in different guises: hate speech, psychological abuse, domestic abuse, property damage, rape, physical abuse and murder.