Malaysia: Court Convicts 9 Transgenders
(Bangkok) – A Sharia (Islamic law) court in Malaysia has sentenced nine transgender women to fines, and two to one-month jail terms under a discriminatory law that prohibits “a male person posing
as a woman,” Human Rights Watch said today. Religious authorities in the northeastern Malaysian state of Kelantan arrested the women in a raid on June 16, 2015, and they pled guilty the next day.
A lawyer filed an appeal and the two women sentenced to jail were released on bail pending the outcome.