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UN urges govt to respect transgender rights

 | August 22, 2013

No one should not be punished for being born with a different sexual orientation.

PETALING JAYA: A representative from the United Nations has called on the Malaysian government to respect the rights of the transgender community.

“Transgenders’ should be respected and everyone should accept their orientation without discriminating them based on religious grounds,” said United Nations’s Human Right’s Council independent expert , Rita Izsak.

“One should not be punished for being born with a different sexual orientation. It is also their choice to be what they want,” she added.

Izsak said this on the sidelines of the Conference on Non-Discrimination held at a hotel in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

In July 2011, transgender Aleesha Farhana, 25, who was born as Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz lost her bid in Kuala Terengganu High Court to get her name and gender changed in her MyKad.

She underwent a sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in Thailand months earlier  and applied to change her name but the court ruled against Aleesha’s application.

She died days later due to heart complications.


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