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Absence of transgender laws is discriminatory

The lack of regulated laws for transgender people in Cyprus results in restrictions in education, employment and exposes transgender people to constant humiliation, degradation, and discriminatory treatment, announced the Ombudsman’s office in a statement on Tuesday.

“The introduction of regulations is vital in securing human rights in Cyprus. Human rights, personal freedoms, and equality are issues that concern everyone and not only transgender person,” said the announcement.

The Ombudsman calls for the explicit affirmation and assurance of gender identification and the adoption of a quick, transparent and fully attainable legal procedure.

The legal recognition of gender includes changing the name and gender on all of transgender person’s legal documents.

Furthermore, the announcement calls for the protection of privacy and to ensure the full access to health services as well as regulating the laws on transphobia offences.

A meeting on Wednesday, organised by the Ombudsman’s office and the Council of Europe, will bring ACCEPT-LGBT Cyprus, ILGA Europe, and Transgender Europe together to discuss the legal regulation of transgender people’s rights in Cyprus.

Commission experts and representatives from European organisations will inform Wednesday’s meeting of the latest developments and present policies introduced by other countries.

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