News brief: Two dead and thirty-five arrested In Saudi Arabia for being transgender

by Haley Gardner
edited by Ryan Martin

Thirty-five women were arrested, and two of them were beaten to death at a Saudi Arabian party on Monday, March 6th, according to Newsweek.

(Photo: Newsweek)

Police raided a home where a party was held with men dressed as women and the Saudi Interior Ministry did not state that anyone was killed or that any of them were transgender. The police only released limited information stating that the women were arrested and they failed to tell anyone under what charges they were arrested on. 

Farzana Riaz, a spokesperson for Trans Action Pakistan, told reporters that officers had thrown two of the Pakistani women arrested into sacks, then brutally beat them to death with sticks.

After being asked to give a statement, the Saudi Interior Ministry refused to comment on what happened and why. Riaz demanded that the bodies of the women be returned to Pakistan and the status on the arrested women revealed, but the Ministry refused to act upon these demands as well.

One Response to News brief: Two dead and thirty-five arrested In Saudi Arabia for being transgender

  1. Prize winning article. The best article I have ever read on the exchange. Haley Gardner is pure genius!

    alexis vantrees March 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm Reply

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