RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The number of transgender people killed in Brazil this year has risen by 70 percent over last year, according to research underscoring the South American country’s rank as the world’s deadliest place for trans people.

The 129 trans people murdered since January already exceeds the total killings in 2019, according to a report by the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (ANTRA), a local activist organization.

The number of trans people - 16 - who died by suicide in the first six months of 2020 is a third higher than last year as well, ANTRA said . . .

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