Transgender Malaysians Await Court Decision

by Admin on May 27, 2014

The Malaysian Appeal Court in the administrative capital of Putrajaya is due to rule on Thursday in a case brought by three transgender women in Seremban against religious laws in the central state of Negri Sembilan, which criminalize any male who “wears women’s attire” or “poses as a woman” reports Aljazerra.

“It’s a crucial ruling,” said Nisha, who was jailed at the age of 20 for dressing as a woman. “Things are getting more conservative. We are not challenging Islam. This law is a violation of basic human rights for every Malaysian citizen.”

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The women are arguing that their treatment contravenes Malaysia’s foundation, which outlaws gender discrimination and guarantees not only freedom of expression and movement, but also the right to privacy, a livelihood and to live with dignity.

Despite being known for its acceptance of transgenders, transgender laws in Thailand have only recently begun to be addressed.

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