Posted on 1. June 2017 in Legal Gender Recognition, Legal actions

Transgender Europe and ILGA-Europe brought a collective complaint against the Czech Republic under the European Social Charter. The complaint challenges the Czech law that requires a person to be sterilised before they can have their gender identity legally recognised. This requirement breaches the European Social Charter (Article 11 – the right to protection of health). The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 9 September 2015.

With this complaint we aim to support legal reform in the Czech Republic for quick, transparent and accessible legal gender recognition procedures based on self-determination.


Text of the Complaint by TGEU and ILGA-Europe (Complaint No 117/2015)

Government Observations (Admissability)

Observations by ADF International

Submissions of the Government (merits/ contents)

Response from TGEU/ ILGA-Europe to the Government’s submissions

Additional information from Transgender Europe


Up-to-date information on the case can be found on the website of the European Social Charter under Pending Cases:

(Complaint No 117/2015)


On April 06 2017, the European Court of Human Rights found that sterility and any medical treatment leading with a high likelihood to sterility as a pre-condition to legal gender recognition is in breach of the right to privacy and family life (Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights).