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The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday decided to send a package of proposed amendments on gender reassignment back to the government for further consideration after 62 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion, nine were against and 19 abstained.
Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė
Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė
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Opposition MP Vilija Aleknaitė-Abramikienė of the conservative Homeland Union, a member of the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs, said the proposed amendments were returned as the amendments proposed by the Ministry of Justice run counter to existing legislation.

The proposed amendments would, among other things, allow people who have undergone gender reassignment to change their papers. Gender information in the person's birth certificate would be changed, if they submitted a request and presented documentation of the surgery.

The Civil Code of Lithuania now theoretically allows gender reassignment for unmarried adults, if it is medically possible. But in reality the provision does not work as necessary laws have not been adopted. Lithuania has already lost one case at the European Court of Human Rights because of the existing situation.

Last month, the Council of Europe criticized Lithuania for failing to adopt laws that would allow gender reassignment. The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, which monitors the implementation of rulings of the Strasbourg-based court, applied the so-called "enhanced supervision procedure" for Lithuania.

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