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Open letter to Tunisian government: stop torture & arrests of homosexual men

In November 2018, the human rights NGO Human Rights Watch published multiple accounts of men who were arrested, prosecuted and detained for homosexuality. Several men report being subjected to forced anal examinations, having their phones and social media searched. One … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on January 18th, 2019
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New detentions of LGBTI people in Chechnya: Russia needs to take action

A new wave of arrests, persecution and torture against (perceived) LGBTI people in Chechnya has started in Chechnya since December 2018. 40 people, both men and women, have been detained – and at least two were killed, according the Russian LGBT … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on January 15th, 2019
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European Parliament calls for respect of LGBTI rights worldwide

Last week the European Parliament adopted its Annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2017 and the EU policy on the matter. The report assess the situation of human rights around the world in 2017 and what the … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 17th, 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