Compliance with the Refugee Convention recommendations on gender and sexuality as possible asylum criteria!
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Fernanda Milán fled Guatemala after including being attacked and threatened by the police. She has for many years been a thorn in the side of large parts of civil society and the authorities because she is transgender and working for transgender rights in Guatemala.
Through her work in the organization OASIS Fernanda Milán received a lot of exposure as a spokesperson and model for other trans people. Therefore, Fernanda's life would be in imminent danger if she were deported to Guatemala. The deportation date is known in Guatemala, and it is therefore likely that her enemies there are ready to welcome her when she arrives at the airport.
"The Refugee Board has simply not done their job well enough in this case," said one of the activists, Stine Larsen, who explains:
"It does not take sufficient account of the fact that Fernandas political work means that she is in imminent danger of being individually persecuted in Guatemala. Therefore, we believe that the Refugee Board should give Fernanda Milán asylum.."
UNHCR (the UN refugee commission) recommends member states, and this includes Denmark, to take gender identity into account as a cause of persecution and thus eligibility for asylum. Denmark does not follow these recommendations.
Being transgender means to have a gender identity that does not match the body you were born with. For example, Fernanda Milán identifies as a woman, but is born with a male body. Being transgender is not a sexual identity in line with eg. hetero-or homosexuality. As transgender, the sexual identity can both eg hetero-or homosexual.
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