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Netherlands Apologizes for Transgender Sterilizations

Government Offers Compensation for Unwanted Surgeries

The Dutch government has apologized to transgender people for previously mandating surgeries, including sterilization, as a prerequisite for legal gender recognition.

  • Kyle Knight
  • HRW

During a Cabinet meeting this week, government officials also announced plans to compensate people who underwent the operations.

This outcome is good news following years of activism demanding the government acknowledge the harm the country’s sterilization law caused trans people in The…

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