Bogdanova v. Russia

The rights of trans people in prison

(Application No. 63378/13), 10 June 2015 

Find Court’s communication here.

Communicated case: 

Submission: 

  • The case concerns a transgender prisoner, whose health was jeopardised by the prison authorities’ refusal to provide necessary medical treatment, including the continuation of hormone replacement therapy. The applicant complained about the absence of necessary medical treatment, the lack of an effective remedy and the conditions of her detention as a result of the authorities having disclosed the information about her gender reassignment surgery.
  • ILGA-Europe together with TGEU, Coming Out and the European Professional Association for Transgender Health provided information on medical and legal standards for gender reassignment treatment, highlighting where such treatment is medically necessary, the consequences of interrupting hormone replacement therapy, and best practice in the provision of gender reassignment treatment in prisons. They also highlighted transgender persons’ vulnerability to abuse in prisons, and provided wider context of discriminatory attitudes towards transgender persons in Russia.

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