Sterilization rule for transgenders in Japan

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Japan has upheld a law effectively requiring trans people seeking to legally change their gender to be sterilized.

Takakito Usui, a transgender man who wants to change the gender listed on his official documents, had appealed to the court seeking to overturn Law 111, which requires applicants to "permanently lack functioning" reproductive parts to qualify for gender affirmation. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected Usui's case Thursday, ruling the 2003 law constitutional -- though judges added it was invasive and encouraged the legislature to review it.

"It is unthinkable in this day and time that the law requires a sex-change operation to change gender," Usui's lawyer Tomoyasu Oyama told CNN.

Suki Chung, Asia Pacific campaign manager at Amnesty International, said the ruling was "a blow for the recognition of transgender people in Japan. It is a missed opportunity to address the discrimination transgender people face." "Forcing people to undertake medical treatment in order to obtain legal gender recognition violates their right to the highest attainable standard of health. We urge the Japanese government to end this discriminatory and highly intrusive policy," she told CNN.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/25/asia/japan-supreme-court-trans-intl/index.html
 

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