Special jails for transgender and gay prisoners proposed in Vietnam

Ivan Fernandes
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Vietnam may be considering housing transgender and gay prisoners in jails separate from those currently in use so as to protect them from sexual harassment.

This plan has been proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years, according to Talk Vietnam.

According to the institute’s 2014 report, the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Gay and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment from other inmates in prison, the report said.

Currently, transgender prisoners in Vietnam jails can only either be held in solitary confinement or left to mix with the general population, the institute said.

It recommends that prisoners be allowed to determine their gender identity, while gay men be offered imprisonment separate from the general population, rather than subjected to solitary confinement.

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