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EU should halt accession talks with Turkey over human rights abuses, says European Parliament

On 13 February, the European Parliament adopted its 2018 report on the accession of Turkey. The report recommends the Commission and the Council to formally suspend the accession negociations with Turkey, in light of multiple human rights abuses and regression … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on March 13th, 2019

MEPs to Macedonian MPs: speed up adoption of anti-discrimination law

Macedonia has been working on a draft law on protection against discrimination since May 2018, but its progress is now slowing down. Recent statements by the Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia that LGBTI people are a “disputed category” in the … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 25th, 2019
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European Parliament calls on Commission to sustain its LGBTI strategy

In a resolution adopted on 14 February 2019, the European Parliament calls on the Commission to secure the future of its List of Actions, a strategy document on LGBTI rights presented in 2015. Following the recommendations of the 2014 Lunacek … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 21st, 2019
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Letter to President Tajani: do not support World Congress of Families

Until 13 February, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, was listed as one of the main speakers at the World Congress of Families in Verona (29-31 March). This conference, whose goal is to defend the “natural family as the … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 19th, 2019
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Urgent need to address intersex human rights violations, says European Parliament

On 14 February 2019, the European Parliament adopted its first-ever resolution dedicated to intersex human rights. “Intersex people are exposed to multiple instances of violence and discrimination in the European Union and these human rights violations remain widely unknown to … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 14th, 2019
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European Parliament alerts to backlash against gender equality & LGBTI rights

On 12 February, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the EU. The resolution addresses the current “visible and organised effort at the global and at the European level against gender … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 13th, 2019
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Singapore must protect the rights of LGBTI people, says European Parliament

On 13 February 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Singapore. With this Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, the EU will work to support the democratic and economic development of … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 13th, 2019
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Lift the ban on LGBTI events: MEPs write to Ankara governor

In November 2017, the Governor of Ankara imposed a ban on all LGBTI-related events. Members of the LGBTI Intergroup and the EP-Turkey Forum write to the newly appointed governor in October 2018 to remind him that it is time to revoke … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on February 6th, 2019
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LGBTI activists from the Western Balkans and Turkey visit European Parliament

On 16 and 17 January, the LGBTI Intergroup welcomed 6 LGBTI activists from the Western Balkans and Turkey in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, as part of a study visit of various European institutions organised by ERA-LGBTI. Biljana Ginova from … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 26th, 2019
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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