PHOENIX (AP) The U.A.E. Supreme Courts said Tuesday it has ruled that transgender people have the same legal rights as everyone else under the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, as the Supreme Court was considering a case challenging a ban on using the female gender identity on government identification documents.
The U to Supreme Court’s decision also requires states to ensure transgender students receive adequate access to schools.
It’s the first time the high court has recognized transgender people as a protected class under the convention.
The court’s ruling means transgender students who want to use the female sex designation can now enroll in schools that do.
The decision is expected to spur a backlash from transgender activists and critics who have been calling for an end to the federal ban on changing one’s gender identity.
U.S., Canada and Mexico have a similar policy but are seeking to lift it.
Canada’s Education Ministry is appealing a U.B.C. Supreme court ruling that found that the ban violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Mexico has also filed an appeal against the U to the Supreme court.
It said the U cannot change its gender designation unless it obtains a court order that states it is protected by the convention and must adhere to federal law.
Mexico is a signatory to the convention, and has said it will not change its policies on transgender people until the U is removed.
In Arizona, a judge ruled Monday that the state must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity under the state’s anti-discrimination law, which was signed into law in 2015.
An appeals court on Tuesday also upheld a judge’s ruling that allowed the state to block an anti-transgender voter ID law, and struck down a law that barred transgender people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their gender identities.
The ruling comes just days after the U-B.V. government, led by the ruling conservative Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, proposed an amendment to the constitution that would allow transgender people to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify, as long as those facilities are not linked to their sex at birth.
The proposal has drawn strong criticism from human rights groups.
A similar law in Germany is also pending in parliament.
The German government says it will appeal against Tuesday’s ruling.
On the U., Canada, Mexico and Mexico, the court ruled that “transgender individuals” and “transsexual individuals” have the right to use facilities consistent with the sex they were assigned at birth, regardless of whether they have undergone hormone therapy.
That means they cannot be forced to use specific facilities based on their sex.
Canada’s government has said that it will take a position on whether transgender people should be allowed to use public restrooms that match their gender or whether it should not.
Canada is a member of the UNAIDS convention and the U, with the support of Mexico and the Philippines, has urged other countries to join the U and to respect transgender rights.
Last month, Canada’s Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the province’s law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity violated the convention because it does not address the “fundamental right to self-determination” of transgender people.
It found the law violated the Convention’s equal protection clause, which protects against discrimination based “on sex, race, colour, religion, sex-related preference, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.”