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 Trans prisoners deserve safety

in AUSTRALIA, 07/07/2013

The Minister of Corrections needs to take urgent action to protect transgender prisoners from violence while in the care of the state, the Green Party said today.

A damning report from the Equal Justice Project into transgender prisoners’ rights concluded that the current policies of the New Zealand Department of Corrections are discriminatory and place transgender prisoners at risk of sexual assault and rape.

“When we lock someone in prison, we have an obligation to ensure that they are safe, not put them at risk of sexual assault and rape,” said Green Party rainbow spokesperson Jan Logie.

“The Ombudsman released a report on this issue in February 2012. That’s almost 18 months ago, and yet every day transgendered prisoners are living at huge risk of violence all while under the care of our Government.

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