Posted on 31. August 2010 in Work with Institutions

trans rights are human rights

photo: Daphne Channah Horn 

 “Forced divorce and sterilisation – a reality for many transgender persons”

– Thomas Hammarberg


The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, published today a Human Rights comment on the final settling of the Dr. Lydia Foy Case in Ireland. The Irish Government has withdrawn its appeal against the Supreme Court’s decision and will recognise Dr Foy’s gender identity as a woman.

Thomas Hammarberg welcomes in his comment this step by the Irish Government, but highlights also issues of concern for many transgender people such as the need to be diagnosed with an mental disorder or being forced to being sterilized and divorced for official gender recognition.

Read his comment here.