Japan urged to stop requiring transgender sterilisation

The Supreme Court in January rejected an appeal by a transgender man who wanted legal recognition without undergoing surgery.

Published: 20th March 2019 12:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2019 12:24 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

TOKYO: Human Rights Watch is urging Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilised to have their gender changed on official documents.

A 2004 law states people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed and have a body that "appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs" of the gender they want to register.

The Supreme Court in January rejected an appeal by a transgender man who wanted legal recognition without undergoing surgery.

Human Rights Watch said the compulsory sterilisation requirement is abusive and outdated.

A report the international rights group released Wednesday said requiring invasive and irreversible medical procedures violates the rights of transgender people who want their gender identity legally recognised.

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