Human Rights Watch: ‘’Japan must stop forcing trans people to be sterilized’’
The legislation is based on an outdated conception that regards gender identity as a ‘mental disorder’. The medical procedures are extensive, invasive, dangerous and irreversible, according to the report. The practice is also in stark contrast to international human rights laws and (internationally viewed as the best) medical practices.
HRW spoke with 48 trans people, as well as with lawyers, health providers and academics from 14 prefectures in Japan. With this report, the organization hopes to paint a picture of how the GID Act infringes on the rights of trans people in Japan. One respondent said the following regarding the required sterilization: ‘’I don’t want to have surgery, to be honest. ‘I feel pressured to be operated on – so terrible.’’
(Human Rights Watch)