Pakistan passes law guaranteeing transgender rights
Pakistan's parliament has approved a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in a country which sees prevalent discrimination.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) act was passed by a majority in the National Assembly in Islamabad.
The law bans discrimination against transgender people by employers and business owners as well as outlawing harassment in public places or at home.
It also allows transgender people to self-identify as male, female or a "third sex" on official documents, such as passports or driver's licenses.
Transgender people routinely face severe discrimination in Pakistan.
Many struggle to find jobs and have been attacked, murdered and raped.
Some "hijras," the term given to transgender people, intersex people and eunuchs, are forced to work as sex workers, dancers or beggars.
The new law also establishes safe houses for transgender people, as well as providing medical care and psychological counselling.
Having passed through the National Assembly, it now needs to be signed into law by the country's president, Mamnoon Hussain.