Portugal: Council of Europe concerned about human rights situation of trans people

March 16, 2010

Council of Europe flagThomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, has published a letter sent to the Deputy Minister of Justice of Portugal, José Magalhäes, to express concern at a number of human rights breaches in the country, including:

[…] the lack of a uniform and expeditious procedure in Portugal for changing the name and sex of a transgender person on birth certificates and identity documents. I provided you with a copy of my Office’s Issue Paper Human Rights and Gender Identity in which more background information is provided about this theme.

The full text of the letter may be downloaded here.

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