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European Parliament: Russia must address LGBTI persecution in Chechnya

In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament has called on Russian authorities to end the campaign of persecution targeted at people perceived to be LGBTI in Chechnya. The resolution highlights that this persecution campaign is “part of a worrying trend … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 8th, 2018
Turkey

European Parliament condemns crackdown on LGBTI rights in Turkey

In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament raised its concerns on the worsening situation for human rights in Turkey, including the human rights of LGBTI people. The resolution calls on Turkish authorities to revoke the indefinite ban on events … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 8th, 2018
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Parliament urges Commission and Member States to guarantee freedom of movement LGBTI families

Today, the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on protection and non-discrimination with regard to minorities in the EU Member States. The resolution contains strong wording on the free movement of LGBTI families. In the resolution, the European Parliament urges … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 7th, 2018
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MEP gets HIV test, calls for focus on key populations, including MSM and trans people

This morning, Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup Daniele Viotti MEP got an HIV test in the framework of the European HIV/hepatitis testing week. The week has officially been endorsed by the European Commission and the European Parliament intergroup on LGBTI … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on November 22nd, 2017
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LGBTI Intergroup MEP heading to Istanbul Pride

This Sunday, the 25th edition of the Istanbul Pride will take place. From the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, Terry Reintke MEP will march along. Over the last two years, Pride marches were banned and police used rubber bullets, … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 22nd, 2017
European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg Court: Russian ‘anti-propaganda’ law is discriminatory and violates human rights

Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia’s ‘anti-propaganda’ legislation is in breach with human rights. The federal law was adopted in 2013 and bans the “promotion” or “propaganda” of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism. The Court found that the … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 21st, 2017
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EU Parliament demands action on LGBTI rights in Western Balkans

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted three of its annual reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. In those reports MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people in Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo, and recommended the countries to improve the situation. In … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 15th, 2017
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European Parliamentarians heading to Warsaw Pride

On Saturday June 3rd, the seventeenth edition of the Equality Parade will take place in Warsaw. From the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, co- and vice-presidents Ulrike Lunacek MEP and Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP , as well as member … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 2nd, 2017
European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg court: Forced sterilisation trans people violates human rights

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requiring trans people to undergo sterilisation in order to have their gender recognised, violates human rights. In the case A.P. and Others v. France, three transgender people attempted to change … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 11th, 2017
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European Parliament condemns detention, torture and killings gay men in Chechnya

Last weekend, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article reporting that over 100 people have been detained on suspicion for being gay in Chechnya, and suffered torture and humiliation. At least three men were killed. At his opening statement today, … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 6th, 2017