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- Amnesty Letter to Norway Minister Bent Hoie on John Jeanette's Rights
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Minister of Health and Care Services,
PO Box 8011 Dep,
I am writing to urge you to ensure laws are in place to allow John Jeanette to change her their legal gender, without having to undergo compulsory medical treatment.
John Jeanette Solstad Remø is a 65 year old transgender woman. When she came out as transgender in 2010, it was relatively easy for her to change her legal name, but she was not allowed to change her legal gender. She was told she would need a compulsory ‘real sex conversion’. This conversion includes psychiatric diagnosis and compulsory medical treatment, including genital reassignment surgery and sterilisation. John Jeanette refuses to put herself through this, which means all her official documents still refer to her as ‘Mr’ or ‘male’.
Her transgender identity is public, and often commented on whenever she has to show some form of ID, such as when she checks into a hotel or borrows a book from the local library. As well as suffering discrimination and harassment, John Jeanette could also have problems getting appropriate health care. I therefore call the government to ensure laws are in place to allow John Jeanette and all transgender people in Norway to change their legal gender, without having to undergo compulsory medical treatment.
Md. Hasanuzzaman Talukdar
International Member and Volunteer Facilitator
International Secretariat of Amnesty International