Finland refuses revision of ‘Trans Act’, mandates sterilization as pre-requisite to changing gender identity

The Finnish government rejected the recommendations made by the UN  Human Rights Council to reform the ‘Trans Act’. The current law mandates that those wishing to legally change their gender identity status must undergo forced sterilization and mental screening. The UNHRC recommendations included revision of the Trans Act by abolition the needs for sterilization or other medical treatment or diagnoses, and development a transparent and efficient gender recognition procedure. Both recommendations were rejected.