Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Intervention made by Rhon Reynolds (African/Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS)
On behalf of the African/Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV and AIDS. We would like to congratulate United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for its leadership in the development of the two frameworks for Transgender, Men who have sex with men (MSM) and Gender (women and girls).
However, we have a specific request that given the impact of globalization, the fiscal and financial crisis on the large movements of people and in recognition of the discussions at the thematic session on Monday “People on the Move”. We recommend that both frameworks address in meaningful ways migrant and mobile transgender, MSM, women and girls including in developed countries. This group is especially vulnerable to multiple forms of stigmatization and discrimination based on race, ethnicity gender, sexual orientation, immigration status. And face what I call the five D’s
– Destitution – Deportation – Detention – Discrimination – And in worse scenarios Death
For Example the move to criminalize HIV transmission is highly racialized in developed countries with black and minority ethnic men , who have felt the heavy hand of the judiciary, bearing a disproportionate number and length of sentencing. This was further supported by evidence in a recent GNP plus survey on criminalization of HIV transmission in Europe.
We are especially concerned that migrant TG, MSM, women and girls are often marginalized from the HIV prevention, treatment and care responses in countries of destination and again we hope that they are recognized in the action plans of both frameworks.