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 June 11, a move welcomed by rights activists.
The court made the decision on June 10 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 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.
Early this year, Nepal introduced a transgender category for people obtaining their citizenship certificates. People can register as a “third gender” when completing the certificates, which serve as national identity cards required to open bank accounts, sell and buy property and get a passport.
Sunil Babu Pant, director of the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group, welcomed the court’s decision.
“We are very happy with this. This decision has made it easier for those who identify themselves as ‘third gender.’ Now they can travel abroad carrying a passport which gives them a recognition,” Pant told AFP.
1. petition n.
請願 (qing3 yuan4)
例: Thousands of people signed the petition to stop the construction of a new nuclear power plant.
2. enact v.
制定（法律） (zhi4 ding4 (fa3 lu4))
例: The law was enacted to attract international companies.
3. recognition n.
認同；承認 (ren2 tong2; cheng2 ren4)
例: Taiwan enjoys all the attributes of a sovereign state except international recognition.