Human Rights Centre provided ECRI information in the interim follow-up process of the fifth monitoring round

Sep 10, 2021

Human Rights Centre  provided the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) information in the interim follow-up process of the fifth monitoring round on the 27th of August 2021.

ECRI recommended in 2019 that the National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal should be empowered to deal with complaints of discrimination in employment on all prohibited grounds and grant compensation to victims of discrimination. The Tribunal’s resources should be increased to enable it to carry out its mandate.

According to the Human Rights Centre, no changes in law or mandate have taken place. The resources of the Tribunal will not be increased for 2022.

ECRI also recommended that the requirement of infertility as a precondition for legal recognition of the gender of a transsexual person should be removed.

According to the Human Rights Centre the government has moved the date for presenting its draft law to Parliament from December 2021 to spring session 2022. A citizens’ initiative on the topic will be discussed in Parliament after having collected the required 50 000 names in one day in April 2021. The citizens’ initiative requests that legal gender recognition is allowed also for persons between 15 and 18 years of age and that the registration of persons having gone through the legal change process be terminated.

Read Human Rights Centre’s report and the Governments interim report attached.

Read more about ECRI here.