New Zealand

Report transgender discrimination and request the Commission on Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights encourages people to report cases of discrimination in flat situations, albeit legal.

This is after reveals that the landlord of the transgender woman Christine Ablinger has given her three hours to leave her home for finding her “aggressive.”

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Ablinger filed a complaint with the Commission, but was shocked to find that the exception to human rights law was that the discrimination she faced was not illegal and the Commission was unable to take action.

This is because the landlord shared Birkenhead’s house with Ablinger and one other person.

However, John Hancock, the Commission’s deputy Supreme Legal Advisor, states that those who have experienced this type of discrimination can contact the Commission to find out how much.

He said this would help inform the Commission’s advocacy for legislation and policy set by the government.

“We also urge landlords and tenants not to discriminate against people based on gender, gender, or gender identity,” Hancock said.

The Commission’s complaint data show that discrimination against transgender people is widespread.

Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2019, the Commission received nearly 2,000 complaints on the grounds of gender (including gender identity and sexual characteristics).

Of them, 212 (11 percent) were made by transgender, gender diversity, or intersex people.

Gender Minority Aotearoa estimates that New Zealand has about 56,316 transgender people, which is about 1.2 percent of the total population.

This suggests that transgender, gender diversity, or intersex people are overestimated in the Commission’s discrimination complaint data.

Meanwhile, ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Association) Oceania Board members will strengthen legal protection against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand Government to make discrimination against transgender illegal. I am asking.

Currently, human rights law does not explicitly protect people from discrimination based on gender identity.

This lack of protection has been criticized by both the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations.

*This story is part of Here We Are in the series on Transmental Health. You can read, listen to and view other articles at /here-we-are. Here We Are was created with the help of the Mental Health Foundation, Like Minds, and Like Mine.

Report transgender discrimination and request the Commission on Human Rights

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