News for 2018

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MEPs unite for Human Rights on 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

For the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, co-chairs of several human rights Intergroups of the European Parliament get together with a simple message: in 2018, universal human rights still need to be fought for.   2018 … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 10th, 2018
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European Parliament takes a stand on the rights of LGBTI women with disabilities

In a resolution on the situation of women with disabilities of 29 November 2018, the European Parliament took a stand on the rights of LGBTI women with disabilities. The text reiterates that while « all persons with disabilities should be able … 
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Posted in: Recent news on November 30th, 2018
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LGBTI rights are still key to EU integration, says European Parliament

The European Parliament adopted on 29 November 2018 its annual reports on five candidate and potential candidate countries. The reports call on Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Albania to strengten their efforts to address discrimination, violence and hate speech … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on November 29th, 2018
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HIV and hepatitis in Europe: no time for complacency, says MEP

To mark European Testing Week (23-30 November) and World Aids Day (1 December), Daniele Viotti MEP, co-chair of the LGBTI Intergroup, got a rapid HIV test inside the European Parliament in partnership with the Belgian NGO Ex Aequo. “As the … 
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Posted in: Recent news on November 22nd, 2018
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Presidency conclusions on human rights in the EU – MEPs write to Austrian Presidency

In October 2018, a disagreement among the Council on a wording on LGBTI rights led the Austrian Presidency to publish “Presidency conclusions” instead of the customary “Council conclusions” on the state of human rights in the EU. Members of the … 
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Posted in: Recent news on November 21st, 2018
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MEPs write to Polish Minister of Education about Rainbow Friday

On 26 October 2018, Rainbow Friday, a day dedicated to raising awareness about LGBTI rights in schools in Poland, took place for the 3rd consecutive year. Schools who were organising events on this day across the country were subjectf the … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on November 13th, 2018
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MEPs write to Romanian Prime Minister: protect all families

In light of the upcoming constitutional referendum in Romania, aiming to change the definition of family as marriage between a man and a woman, Members of the European Parliament write to Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. TO: Honorable Viorica Dăncilă Prime … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 2nd, 2018
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#ChechnyaOneYearOn: MEPs ask Commission about torture of (perceived) LGBTI people in Chechnya

In April 2017, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that at least 100 men were detained in unofficial prisons on suspicion of being LGBTI in Chechnya, Russia, and suffered severe torture and humiliation. One year later, no transparent and independent … 
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Posted in: Recent news on October 1st, 2018
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MEPs and NGOs join open mic on anniversary of the Horizontal Directive

On 5 September 2018, MEPs, NGOs and citizens joined together for an open mic in ‘celebration’ of the 10th year Anniversary of the Horizotal Directive. Organised jointly by the LGBTI Intergroup, the ARDI Intergroup, the Youth Intergroup and the Children … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on September 6th, 2018

MEPs to Federica Mogherini: Russia must protect its LGBTI citizens

On 7 August 2018, 16 year old Maxim Nederov was condemned for “homosexual propaganda” in Russia. LGBTI Intergroup co-chair Daniele Viotti and vice-president Sophie in’t Veld write to Federica Mogherini to enquire about EU’s follow-up on Russia’s commitment to protect … 
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Posted in: Press releases on August 8th, 2018