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Statement: Appeal at the Federal Court

Justice for Sisters (8 Oct 2015)

The Federal Court in the appeal of Section 66 Court of Appeal’s progressive ruling dismissed the case on technical grounds, and set aside the two orders by the Negeri Sembilan High Court and Court of Appeal to hear the application. The Federal Court was of the view that the trans women should have sought permission (leave) of the Federal Court before instituting their constitutional review for breach of their fundamental rights.

Justice for Sisters is disappointed with the outcome at the Federal Court today. However, we applaud the trans community for all their efforts and courage in challenging the constitutionality of Section 66, which began in 2011. We are extremely proud of the trans community in increasing public awareness and visibility regarding the fundamental human rights violations faced by trans people in Malaysia. This is an achievement that can never be erased.

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