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SC orders passport change for transgenders

Nepal´s Supreme Court has ordered the government to alter passports so that transgenders no longer have to describe themselves as male or female, a court spokesman said on Tuesday, a move welcomed by rights activists.\n

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16th June 2013 08:04

Alessia Valenza

The court made the decision on Monday following a petition from a transgender who wanted a third category introduced on passports for people who identify themselves neither as male or female, the spokesman said.

"The Supreme Court ruled on the writ petition seeking the new category. The court has ordered the government to implement the decision," Hemanta Rawal told AFP.

The move comes more than six years after the court ordered the government to enact laws to guarantee the rights of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

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