Right Side NGO public statement: administrative adjustment of trans people’s name change

“Right Side” human rights defender NGO highly appreciates the changes done by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia which was made in close cooperation in between “Right Side” human rights defender NGO and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. These changes incomparably ease the name change process for trans citizens.

“Right Side” human rights defender NGO assisted for six trans citizens name change process. For the name change process of these trans citizens, the organisation has held a legal presentation, collected appropriate documents and presented them to the authorities. Taking into the consideration, that the organisation is still supporting the name change process of trans citizens, the necessity accrued to try making changes in practice.

On the 25th of July 2017 “Right Side” human rights defender NGO sent a letter to the director, Ani Mhkitaryan, of the civil registry of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. The purpose of the letter № 08/17 was to clarify, does the principle of representing three witnesses for the name change is still in use, or not? In response to the request on 03/08/2017, we received a letter where it is mentioned: “The circumstance of the persons’ factual name change process in the past was done with the presence of three witnesses. Regarding the implemented reforms in the civil service sphere and the simplification of the administrative adjustment policy, civil registry of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, made an executive order from 22nd of May this year, it has been ordered that –  as a confirmation document of the applicant’s request, the application letter is enough.”

From this letter, it follows that there have been changes in the name change process, the principle of three witnesses no longer is in place, the citizens’ application letter is enough for the process.

“Right Side” human rights defender NGO highly appreciates the changes done by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia which was made in close cooperation in between “Right Side” human rights defender NGO and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. These changes incomparably ease the name change process for trans citizens.

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