European Official Criticizes Russian Law Banning Transgender Drivers

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
January 11 2015

European Official Criticizes Russian Law Banning Transgender Drivers

“One of Europe’s most senior human rights officials, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, has criticized as ‘ridiculous’ a new Russian law on road safety that prohibits transgender people from obtaining a driver’s license.”

MOSCOW — One of Europe’s most senior human rights officials, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, has criticized as “ridiculous” a new Russian law on road safety that prohibits transgender people from obtaining a driver’s license.

The law took effect on Jan. 4 and bars people with “gender identity disorders” and “disorders of sexual preference” from driving. It also disqualifies people with any of a long list of physical and mental conditions.

In a post on Facebook, Mr. Muiznieks called the rule a clear violation of European human rights law.

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[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of cases involving oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He does all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Jay is pro-privacy for hte individual and believes in transparency for hte state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.]