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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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Open letter to Sofia Mayor: Act against hate group targeting Pride

Tomorrow the annual Pride march will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria. However, a counter-demonstration organised by neo-nazi organisation National Resistance, has called for violence to be used against the march. calling on people to bring “brooms and shovels with wooden handles” … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on June 9th, 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
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Open letter to Romanian Parliamentarians: Do not support the proposed referendum on the definition of the family

Parliamentarians in Romania will soon be asked whether or not to support the organisation of a referendum to constitutionally define family as being based solely upon the marriage between a man and a woman On the International Day Against Homophobia … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on May 17th, 2017
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Upcoming roundtable: Health Inequalities experienced by LGBTI people

On Wednesday 26 April 2017, from 13:00 – 14:30, the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights will host a roundtable on health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people. Stigma, prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI people remain widespread and affect access to health services. … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on April 20th, 2017
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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