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Conflict Incident Report

Viral video highlights violence faced by trans community

Date of incident: 
July 23, 2018
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

A video that recently went viral on social media opens with a woman running past the camera, a look of fear on her face. The camera then approaches a Lebanese man, who forces another woman to the floor, beating her around the head. She cries out in pain.

The exact motive for the attack is unconfirmed, but Lebanese activists with knowledge of the incident have said there is one definite factor in the woman’s beating: She is transgender.

“This is not just an incident that happened once,” Ghenwa Samhat, executive director of LGBTQ advocacy organization Helem told The Daily Star. “Trans individuals have to deal with [attacks of this nature] each and every day.”

Social media users suggested the man, who had employed the victim as a sex worker, attacked her upon finding out she was transgender.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Gender Based Violence [inc. sexual violence]
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.