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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
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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
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New report takes stock of fundamental rights in the EU, including LGBTI rights

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a new comprehensive report on fundamental rights in the EU.  The report assesses how fundamental rights are implemented in the EU, and what must still be done to reach standards laid down in the Charter … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 14th, 2016
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New EU accession reports: LGBTI rights in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Earlier this month, the European Commission’s published its annual progress reports on accession states’ progress towards EU Membership. The reports include important and extensive information on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in those 7 countries. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on November 23rd, 2016
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LGBTI Intergroup welcomes appointment first ever UN independent expert LGBT discrimination

Friday, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn its first independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. In July, the Human Rights Council agreed to the creation of the post in a 23 – 18 vote. Munthaborn, a … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 4th, 2016
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European Parliament urges Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality

In a vote on EU – Tunisia relations, the European Parliament has urged Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality. Currently, Article 230 of the Penal Code foresees three years imprisonment for ‘sodomy’. Over the past year a dozen of people have been … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on September 20th, 2016

European Parliament calls for further protection LGBTI people at work

In a report on the implementation of the EU’s Employment Equality Directive, the European parliament has called for further measures to improve the protection of LGBTI people at the work floor, and beyond. The Directive, which was adopted in 2001, … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on September 19th, 2016
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UN Human Rights Council votes for independent expert on LGBT discrimination

In a 23 against 18 vote (6 abstentions)*, the United Nations Human Rights council voted in favour of a resolution condemning violence discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution establishes the new … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on July 4th, 2016
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MEPs condemn crackdown on Istanbul Pride

Despite successful pride marches for at least 13 years until 2014, Sunday’s (26 June) Pride in Istanbul was met with police violence and detentions. The Co- and Vice-presidents of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights have written to the … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on June 29th, 2016