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Damage claims for sterilisations ahead of sex changes

Published måndag 24 juni 2013 kl 15.49
Ulrika Westerlund is RFSL's chairwoman. Photo: Dan Hansson/Scanpix.

Organisations representing 142 people who have sought to have legal sex changes, who were required to be sterilised as part of the process, submitted a damage claim to the Attorney general on Monday.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) is one of the organisations behind the claim.

"We have fairly high hopes. We see a clear parallel to earlier groups who were sterilised, and since they were offered compensation, we believe the same should apply to this group," said Ulrika Westerlund, chairwoman of RFSL.

Since 1972, anyone in Sweden wishing to make a complete sex change, including a legal change of sex, has had to undergo sterilisation. In recent years, the rule has been increasingly criticised.

However in a 2012 case, the Administrative Court, and later the Administrative Court of Appeal, ruled that the sterilisation law contradicts the European Convention and is discriminatory.

Although the law will not be formally changed until July 1 this year, the demand for sterilisation has ceased.

The organisations demand a compensation of SEK 300,000 per person.

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