15 Jan '12, 8am

Watchdog urges Kuwait to stop transgender abuse [StraitsTimes World]

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Kuwaiti police torture and sexually abuse transgender women - individuals born male but who identify as female - a human rights watchdog said on Sunday, urging the Gulf state to protect them from violence and investigate claims of brutality. A Kuwaiti Interior Ministry spokesman declined to make an immediate comment on the report, saying he might give a reaction after the report was released. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, titled ''They Hunt us Down for Fun': Discrimination and Police Violence against Transgender Women in Kuwait', documents physical, sexual and emotional abuse and persecution of transgender women by police. It said the government should repeal a 2007 law which criminalises 'imitating the opposite sex', and hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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