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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
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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
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European Parliament: Greater effort necessary for LGBTI equality at EU level

In a key report  on gender equality adopted Tuesday, the European Parliament has demanded to strengthen action on the rights of LGBTI people. In the annual report on gender equality the parliament urges the Commission to expand the scope of … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 15th, 2017
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European Parliament calls for action against harmful treatment trans and intersex people

In a key vote on gender equality in mental health, the European Parliament has urged for stronger action on trans and intersex people’s mental health. The Parliament deplores that transgender people are still considered mentally ill, and highlights that this … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 15th, 2017
Cross-border adoptions

European Parliament demands action on EU-wide recognition of adoptions

Today, the European Parliament adopted a report (533 +, 41 -) demanding the automatic recognition of domestic adoption orders across EU Member States. The report stipulates that the recognition should happen without discrimination, including on the basis of the parents’ … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 2nd, 2017
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European Parliament condemns homophobia in Indonesia

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it condemns the growing intolerance towards LGBTI people in Indonesia. In the resolution, the European Parliament “strongly condemns all acts of violence, harassment and intimidation against minorities” and “calls on the … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 20th, 2017