Anti-cross-dressing law in Malaysia declared unconstitutional

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida

A state law in Malaysia that criminalizes Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing, has been declared unconstitutional by the country's Court of Appeal according to the UN.

Transgender women are people who were assigned as male at birth but identify themselves as female.

These women have faced fines and up to six months in prison for presenting themselves as females or for wearing women's clothes.

Transgender women are reportedly being arrested and convicted under this and similar laws in other Malaysian states, says the UN Human Rights Office.

The Court found that the law infringes on equal rights, the right to live with dignity, work, on freedom of movement, expression and discrimination.

The authorities are being asked to implement this judgement and ensure the effective protection of transgender persons from the violence and discrimination they continue to face.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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