European Court of Human Rights ends Forced Sterilisation

The European Court of Human Rights found that sterilisation requirement in legal gender recognition violates human rights. Setting the legal precedent for Europe, the decision will force 22 European countries using the infertility requirement from a person seeking legal gender recognition, to change their laws. This historic decision is delivered in three joined cases against France about the lack of self-determination of transgender individuals in the country. The court, however, denied that forced medical examinations ordered by the national court or a mental health diagnosis contradict the Convention, which has upset transgender activists.


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