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Serbia to adopt a regulation for implementation of the Resolution of the Council of Europe on the trans* persons

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has, on 22nd of April 2015, with the convincing majority of votes, adopted a comprehensive regulation concerning condition and rights of trans* persons. With this historical act PACE has called member states to respect, protect and guarantee trans* persons’ the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity, along with providing the access to fast and transparent legal procedure of gender recognition. Moreover, member states were appealed to take proactive measures for trans* persons’ quality of life improvement, as well as to raise awareness on their existence and rights.

 

Citizen Association “Egal” warmly welcomes this Resolution, as one of the most important documents created on European level in the field of human rights; implementation of this Resolution guarantees recognition of equal rights for trans* persons. “Egal”, which is recognized by trans* community in Serbia as an organization providing aid and support to the members of this community for years, constantly advocating and fighting for their rights, calls the State and authorized institutions to recognize the significance of this Resolution and to adopt the package od recommended regulations and measures, demonstrating its dedication to reaching democratic principles of civil society.

PACE Resolution obliges member states to:

  • Adopt trans* inclusive measures and regulations against discrimination and hate crimes
  • Make available fast and transparent legal procedure of legal gender recognition, in accordance with self-identification, not limited to any personal characteristic, such as age
  • Enable healthcare system to recognize specific needs of trans* persons, as well as to abolish the diagnosis form the national classification of disease, which can label trans* persons as mentally ill
  • Revoke the demand for sterilization and other medical and legal regulations, such as establishing a psychiatric diagnosis or a request for divorce in the cases of legal gender recognition
  • Consider including the option of “third gender” in personal documentation for those who request it
  • Be proactive in accessibility of information, raising public awareness, along with providing trainings and educations especially for professionals and employees in public sector who are in the direct contact with trans* persons.