Saudi police kill a transgender women, jail 35 others
Saudi police murdered two Pakistani Transgender women February 28th by forcing them into bags and beating them to death according to multiple news sources. Both were visiting Riyadh and were from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Amna, 35, lived in Mingora, and Meeno was from Peshawar, Pakistan.
The two women were among 35 others who were arrested during a police raid in Riyadh for ‘cross-dressing’. Eleven of the arrestees paid a $40,000 fine each and released. The fate of the remaining 22 is not known.
“We want information because right now this is a very confusing situation and many in the transgender community in Saudi Arabia are feeling delicate and scared,” said Qamar Naseem, a feminist and social rights activist from the Blue Veins group, speaking to The Independent.
“They are not treated fairly even by criminal law in Saudi Arabia, and it’s not just people from Pakistan, it’s people from different parts of the world.
“Gender fluid people are treated badly, sometimes flogged, and if someone is arrested on the same law for a second time they can be executed.”
Mr Naseem said he and TransAction Pakistan president Farzana Jan were told by a transgender contact in Saudi Arabia about the raid.
Last November the government denied reports of a Saudi ban on transgender travel telling Khyber Pakhtunkhwa based advocacy group TransAction Pakistan transgender people were free to enter Saudia Arabia to worship as prescribed by the Muslim religion.
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