HRW: Saudi Arabia Should Investigate Transgender Woman’s Death


Saudi Arabia should investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman at a Riyadh police station following a raid on an event space in late February 2017, Human Rights Watch said in a report it released on Thursday (April 13, 2017).


According to the international human rights organization, Saudi authorities should also immediately release five Pakistanis who remain in detention if they are held only on suspicion of committing morality related “offenses.”


“Saudi Arabia’s aggressive policing of the private consensual activities of Saudis and foreigners diverts resources from actual problems such as preventing and solving crimes,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia should immediately end this nightmare for Pakistani families by credibly investigating why this woman died in police custody and releasing the other Pakistanis still in jail,” she added.


“Saudi authorities should set the tone for society by respecting peoples’ privacy rather than targeting LGBT people for arrest,” Whitson concluded.


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