Anti-trans raid in Malaysia: ‘a worrying disregard for human rights’

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12/15/2023

Religious police in Malaysia arrested five trans women in an anti-trans raid on a massage parlor in the city of Ipoh in northwestern Malaysia in early December. They were charged with cross-dressing and acting as women for immoral purposes. In response, the trans advocacy group Justice for Sisters pleaded for an end to anti-trans raids. The issued the following public statement: “End Dehumanisation of Transgender People”: Justice for Sisters (JFS) criticises the recent arrest of five trans women in Ipoh under the state syariah law in an “op cegah pondan”. [Roughly, “Operation Stop Transgenders”, except that the final word is a slur.]

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