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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Romania (CCPR 11-12-2017)
The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of Romania (CCPR/C/ROU/5) at its 3428th and 3429th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3428 and 3429), held on 25 and 26 October 2017. At its 3444th meeting, held on 6 November 2017, it adopted the present concluding observations.
C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations
Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity
- The Committee is concerned about reports of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, especially in employment and education, incidents of verbal and physical attacks against such persons and stereotypical attitudes and prejudice against them. The Committee is also concerned about reports of attempts to revise domestic law that would limit rights guaranteed under the Covenant. It is further concerned about the lack of clarity in legislation and procedures concerning the change of civil status with respect to gender identity (arts. 2 and 26).
- The State party should take measures to eliminate discrimination and combat stereotypical attitudes and prejudices against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons; ensure that acts of discrimination and violence against such persons are investigated, that perpetrators are held accountable and that victims have access to reparation. It should ensure that legislation concerning the change of civil status with respect to gender identity is clear and applied in accordance with the rights guaranteed under the Covenant.