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Tillerson Condemns Violence Against Transgender People on Day of Remembrance

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Candles lit at shrine for slain transgender individuals. Names and ages of U.S. victims in rear. Transgender Day of Remembrance at Stonewall Inn, New York on Nov. 19, 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 02:29 PM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement condemning violence against transgender individuals on Monday, marking it as Transgender Day of Remembrance.

"Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world," Tillerson wrote.

"Often these attacks are perpetrated by government officials, undermining the rule of law."

Two dozen transgender activists met with the White House's Director of the Office of Personnel Management on Monday, who led them in a moment of silence for transgender victims of violence.

According to The Human Rights Campaign, 23 transgender people were killed in the United States last year. This year, 25 have died from violence.

"Transgender persons should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected," Tillerson wrote.

"On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons," the statement continued.

"These principles are inherent in our own Constitution and drive the diplomacy of the United States."

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement condemning violence against transgender individuals on Monday, marking it as Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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