EIT:n suuri jaosto järjesti Suomea koskevassa valituksessa suullisen kuulemistilaisuuden

21.10.2013 | Oikeusuutiset

Markku Fredman

Euroopan ihmisoikeustuomioistuimen (EIT) suuri jaosto järjesti viime viikolla suullisen kuulemistilaisuuden valituksessa, joka koskee sukupuolenvaihdosleikkauksen läpikäyneen henkilön mahdottomuutta rekisteröidä virallisesti uutta sukupuoltaan.

EIT:n lehdistötiedotteesta:

The applicant, Heli Hämäläinen, is a Finnish national who was born in 1963 and lives in Helsinki. Ms Hämäläinen was born a male and married a woman in 1996. The couple had a child in 2002. In September 2009 Ms Hämäläinen underwent male-to-female gender reassignment surgery.

Although she changed her first names in June 2006, she could not have her identity number changed to indicate her female gender in her official documents unless her wife consented to the marriage being turned into a civil partnership, which she refused to do, or unless the couple divorced. The couple preferred to remain married as a divorce would be against their religious convictions and they considered that a civil partnership did not provide the same security as marriage for them and their child. Ms Hämäläinen’s request to be registered as female at the local registry office was therefore refused.

Ms Hämäläinen brought administrative proceedings before the national courts which, in May 2008 and February 2009, rejected her appeal against the refusal to register her as a female. The courts found in particular that legislation on confirming the gender of transsexuals in Finland did not intend to change the fact that only a man and a woman could currently marry under Finnish law. The Supreme Administrative Court refused her extraordinary appeal in August 2010.

Ms Hämäläinen complains that making the full recognition of her new gender conditional on the transformation of her marriage into a civil partnership violates her rights under Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), Article 12 (right to marry) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Koko lehdistötiedote löytyy täältä: here

EIT:n jaosto päätyi aiemmin katsomaan, että asiassa ei ollut loukattu Euroopan ihmisoikeussopimusta. Aikaisemmat valitusta koskevat uutiset löytyvät täältä: Suomalaistapaus EIT:n suuren jaoston tutkittavaksi

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