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Pakistan – Shooting of transgender human rights defender Adnan

Thursday 7 January 2016, by siawi3


Transgender person shot: ‘Hospital staff laughed whilst they bled’

Michelle O’Toole

7th January 2016, 5:56 PM

The person was refused treatment for hours and was ’laughed at’ by hospital staff according to friends of the victim (Photos/Facebook)

A trans activist has been shot and is now fighting for her life in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The member of ‘Trans Action Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’, who has only been referred to as Adnan, was attacked on Tuesday and was taken to a local hospital.

However, according to statements released through the groups Facebook page, the person was refused treatment for nearly two hours and was also subject to transphobic abuse from hospital staff and police.

“I have no words to share the hate and discrimination we faced in hospital today†the admin of the group said in a statement released on the groups Facebook page.

A member of the group, only referred to as Qamar, went into further detail when he explained to The Nation magazine.“Adnan was taken to Lady Reading Hospital where he was refused treatment.

“The doctors and police were laughing at us, while he was bleeding. We reached the place at 9:30pm and he got treatment at around 11:15pm. All this time no one was ready to attend him.

“We even reminded them the orders of the Supreme Court that a critical patient should be treated first later the police can follow up the case. But no one was ready to help.â€

Unnamed witnesses spoke to The Express Tribune in Pakistan, claiming that two people on motorcycles opened fire on the car Adnan was travelling in with some friends.

According to the report in The Express Tribune, two suspects have been arrested and are suspected of threatening Adnan for several months prior to this incident.

Source: Frontline Defenders, January 7, 2016

Pakistan – Shooting of transgender human rights defender Adnan

On 5 January 2015, the transgender human rights defender Adnan (also known as Adnany), was shot and critically wounded near the Pir Zakori Bridge in the city of Peshawar.

Adnan is a transgender human rights defender and co administrator of the TransAction Page, an online platform of the TransAction Alliance, which works for the promotion and protection of the rights of the transgender community in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The shooting took place during the night of 5 January 2015, as Adnan, along with two friends, was travelling by car to Karkhano Market from Tarnab Farm, within the jurisdiction of Chamkani police station in Peshawar. As they were travelling, two motorcyclists drew close to the car and opened fire upon it. Adnan was shot in his side, and critically wounded. She was subsequently rushed to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where before being operated on to have the bullet removed, she was allegedly refused treatment by doctors for approximately 3 hours, due to her being a person of transgender.

Investigations by police into the two alleged perpetrators of the shooting, both of whom had reportedly been threatening Adnan for several months prior to the attack, are reported to have been initiated.

Front Line Defenders expresses grave concern at the shooting of Adnan, which it believes to be directly related to her peaceful and legitimate work for the promotion and protection of the rights of the transgender community.

Front Line Defenders urges the authorities in Pakistan to:

Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Adnan, and all transgender human rights defenders in Pakistan, including through ensuring their unhindered access to necessary medical treatment;

Ensure the progression of an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the shooting of Adnan, with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;

Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Pakistan are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.