Norwegian Ministry of Health have been proposed for consideration in the Parliament of the reform, which can significantly change the lives of transgender people in the country, said “The project of legal assistance for transgender people,” referring to the “Amnesty International”.
The main proposal concerns the introduction of a fast, accessible and transparent system of legal recognition of gender identity on the basis of self-determination. This means that trans people will be able to completely change the documents by application and practice required to undergo mandatory examination by psychiatrists and forced sterilization, finally depart in the past and will be remembered as discriminatory and violate human rights.
In addition, the document proposed by the Ministry of Health of the country, it is expected a decrease in the age at which you can apply for legal recognition of gender, from 18 to 16 years. For children age 6 to 16 years, such a procedure is also possible with the consent of the parents. If the parents and the child occupy opposite positions on the matter, it requires the participation of outside experts, acting in the interests of the child. Children under the age of 6 years will not be able to change the gender in documents of identity.
“Amnesty International” celebrates these innovations as positive, but questions the need for age limits in principle – taking into account the interests of children, to develop their ability and their right to be heard.
To date, Norway has a practice used since the 1970s, according to which transgender people to change documents need to undergo a psychiatric examination, get a diagnosis, as well as being subjected to irreversible sterilization.