Transgender Rights are Human Rights

On 12 August, Amnesty International India launched a missed call petition to rally support for amendments to be made to the 2016 Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill.

The petition was launched at the 8th Edition of the Kerala Queer Pride.

Amnesty International India seeks to ensure that transgender rights are recognised as human rights. By giving a missed call to 843 1073 900 you will be showing your support for urging the state to recognize basic rights for transgender persons in the Bill, including:

1. Transgender persons should be able to self identify their own gender and this should be recognised by the government.
2. The transgender community should not be discriminated against.
3. They should have equal access to employment, housing and education!


Last August, the central government introduced a highly flawed bill on transgender rights in the Parliament. Therefore, the bill was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC), which invited suggestions from the public and civil society organisations. Amnesty International India made a detailed submission to the PSC on the Bill on 28 December 2016.

On 21 July 2017, the committee made a list of recommendations to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The committee has adopted many of Amnesty International India’s recommendations in its report.

Watch the following video to know more about 8 key recommendations the committee made to the Ministry.

The Bill

The Bill, initially introduced in 2014 and revised in 2015, was reintroduced in 2016. It aims to protect rights of transgender persons and promote their welfare.


Amnesty International India is deeply concerned that the Bill, if passed in its current form, will undermine the rights of transgender and intersex persons, as it is not in line with India’s commitment to uphold international human rights norms and with the ruling of the Supreme Court in the landmark NALSA judgement of 2014.

Read Amnesty International India’s recommendations here.

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