2021.01.22 15:16

Lithuania's justice minister to push for gender reassignment law

Austėja Masiokaitė-Liubinienė, BNS2021.01.22 15:16

Lithuanian Justice Minister Evelina Dobrovolska has said she is planning to draft a bill regulating gender reassignment procedures in the country.

At the moment, transgender people have to go to court in order to have their name and entry on sex changed in ID documents, Dobrovolska noted.

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“The Justice Ministry is planning to draft a bill during the current government's term, and I'd like to believe that the parliament will finally adopt legal amendments that will help ensure the rights of [transgender] people who live in our society and to whom we have obligations,” she told BNS.

She quoted a 2007 case in the European Court of Human Rights, L. v. Lithuania, in which a transgender person sued the country for refusing to recognise their sex change.

“Lithuania lost [the case], but has not yet put in place regulation of transgender issues,” Dobrovolska said, adding that transgender people “still face inconveniences in every area of ​​both public and private life”.

The minister said that implementing other ECHR rulings against Lithuania would also be a priority during her term as justice minister.

Lithuania's Civil Code allows changing one's sex, but this provision has been ineffective in the absence of a law regulating the procedure.

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