Lithuanian lawmakers have tabled a proposal to amend the country’s civil code to ban gender reassignment.

Chair of the Lithuanian Parliament’s Committee on Health Affairs, Antanas Matulas, and MP Vida Marija Cigriejiene introduced the bill to ensure “medically induced change of the sex designation is prohibited in the Republic of Lithuania,” and that, “records of civil status regarding medically induced change of … sex designation conducted abroad are altered only pursuant to [a] court decision”.

Matulas and Cigriejiene believe the ban will prevent court action against Lithuania on trans rights issues.

“The state will be protected from any preconditions which create grounds for the appearance of claims against Lithuania at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR),” they wrote.

Lithuania lost a case in the ECHR in 2007 over a female-to-male transsexual’s right to gender reassignment.

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