30 Apr '16, 5am

Singaporean transgender woman wins appeal to stay in UK citing fear of persecution

Singaporean transgender woman wins appeal to stay in UK citing fear of persecution

SINGAPORE: A 33-year-old Singaporean transgender woman won her appeal earlier this week to stay in the United Kingdom in order to avoid serving out her remaining National Service (NS) liabilities. Her lawyer S Chelvan, from No5 Chambers, told Channel NewsAsia he has received no notification regarding further appeals from the Home Office. When asked about this, the Ministry of Defence said: “All male Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents above the age of 18 years are required to serve National Service if they are medically fit. Those who are legally declared female will not be required to serve NS.” Ms EFH, as the Singaporean was known in court documents, is liable to fulfil NS duties as she has yet to undergo a full gender reassignment procedure, according to a press release by her lawyer's firm, which described her as a "pre-operative trans woman". "FUNDAMENTAL BREAC...

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