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Lithuanian Justice Minister Evelina Dobrovolska is planning to submit a bill to regulate gender reassignment procedures in the country.
Justice minister to push for regulation of sex change procedures
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"As for transgender people, we should go back to the European Court of Human Rights' 2007 L. v. Lithuania case. Lithuania lost it, but has not yet put in place regulation of transgender issues," Dobrovolska told BNS in an interview, adding that transgender people "still face inconveniences in every area of ​​both public and private life".

"The Justice Ministry is planning to draft a bill during the current government's term, and I'd like to believe that the Seimas will finally adopt legal amendments that will help ensure the rights of these people who live in our society and to whom we have obligations, too," she said.

Currently, transgender people have to go to court in order to have their sex and names changed in ID documents, Dobrovolska noted.

The minister said the execution of other ECHR judgments will be a priority during her term as justice minister, too.

"On the part of the Justice Ministry, I'd like to see the implementation of the ECHR decisions as one of the priorities," she said.

Lithuania's Civil Code allows changing one's sex, but this provision has not been working in the absence of a law regulating the procedure.

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