According to Human Rights Watch, transgender women have been tortured and sexually abused by police under an overtly vague and discriminatory law, article 198, which was instated in 2007. The discriminatory law criminalizes the “imitation of the opposite sex.” Because the law is enacted, police are not held accountable for their actions and they are able to determine what constitutes “imitating the other sex.”
This needs to be repealed and every police officer who tortures and sexually abuses transgender women need to be held accountable for their appalling actions.
Kuwaits current policy violates international laws such as the right to not be discriminated against, freedom of expression, equality before the law and many other rights. For this reason, Kuwait needs to held accountable for violating such a provision, too.
Transgendered individuals should enjoy every right any other person has. They should not be treated differently because they look “different” or because others do not understand them. People were created in all shapes, sizes, colors, forms etc for a reason. God created a world where people are all different for a reason. We need to embrace everyone’s differences, not torture and shun them for it.
The violation of human rights, especially ones so sacred as self-autonomy and privacy cannot be tolerated. Those who partake in such awful acts need to be held accountable, and those who suffer such awful acts need to be compensated.
Transgendered individuals are humans- just like you and me- and they need to be treated with the same standard of dignity that you or I would expect.