Discrimination against Transgender Women in Cambodia Urban Centers. Cambodian Center for Human Rights. (2016)

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CCHR's research, collected through 135 surveys conducted in April 2016 in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk and Battambang, reveals that transgender ("trans") women are subject to high levels of discrimination in the Kingdom of Cambodia ("Cambodia")'s urban centers, including verbal, physical and sexual harassment in public spaces, denial of employment opportunities and discriminatory arrests, detention and abuse by the police. While senior figures in the Royal Government of Cambodia (the "RGC") have been eager to present Cambodia as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ("LGBT") friendly country in recent years, this research suggests much harsher reality on the ground. The findings of this research indicate that the treatment of trans women requires immediate attention if Cambodia is to meet its international human rights obligations.

 

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, violence, abuse, sex workers, stigma, human rights, law

 

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