New Bill to Strengthen Rights of Transgender People in Iceland

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New Bill to Strengthen Rights of Transgender People in Iceland

Iceland’s Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, has proposed a new bill in which it will be made punishable by law to mock transgender people.

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Gay Pride Reykjavík. Photo: Candy Caldwell.

In an Alþingi document accompanying the law amendment it is stated that the bill is composed by the penal code committee at Hanna Birna’s request, visir.is reports.

The bill is one of the actions currently being taken to rectify the status of transgender people.

The bill’s aim is twofold: to provide individuals with gender identity disorder protection under the law in concordance with other minority groups that also need special protection, but also to adhere to Iceland’s upcoming validation of the Council of Europe’s protocol regarding computer-related crimes.

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