Human Rights Watch praises Norway’s new transgender rights

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The human rights organization Human Rights Watch was praising a new health care law in Norway, approved this week in the annual rush of Parliamentary action before the summer recess, that allows transgender people to declare their legal gender themselves.

The vote in the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) makes Norway the fourth country in Europe to separate medical and legal processes for recognizing gender.

Human Rights Watch researcher Kyle Knight wrote on the organization’s international website Tuesday that countries like Norway “are charting a path others should follow.” To read the organization’s full account, click here (external link, to Human Rights Watch’s website). staff