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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
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Council LGBTI Conclusions are Trojan horse: legitimising homophobia

Last Thursday, the Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on LGBTI equality. It is the first time ever that the Council adopts a document addressing LGBTI equality. An earlier attempt by the Council to reach Conclusions on LGBTI … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on June 22nd, 2016
Turkey

MEPs condemn violence and bans Pride marches Istanbul

On Friday, the Governorship of Istanbul banned the Istanbul Trans Pride March for June 19th and Istanbul LGBTI Pride March, planned to take place on June 26th, quoting security concerns. The bans come at a time of increased crackdown on … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on June 22nd, 2016
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European Parliament votes for EU-wide acceptance public documents

Yesterday, the European Parliament has approved a regulation on acceptance of public documents for EU citizens living in another EU country. The regulation simplifies procedures for proving the authenticity of these documents regarding birth, death, marriage, divorce, parenthood, adoption etc. … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on June 10th, 2016
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European Parliamentarians heading to Kiev Pride

For the second time in a row, a Pride March is scheduled to take place in Kiev this Sunday. From the European Parliament, Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup Sophie in ‘t Veld, and members Ana Gomes and Rebecca Harms will … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on June 9th, 2016
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Moldovan parliament considering ‘anti-propaganda’ bill

Last month, the Culture and Education Committee of the Moldovan Parliament approved a bill that seeks to ban ‘homosexual propaganda’, similar to the Russian anti-propaganda law of 2013. The bill would impose fines for spreading “homosexual propaganda” to minors “through … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on June 7th, 2016
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Upcoming event: LGBTI Rights in Turkey

On Tuesday 31 May 2016 from 14:00 – 15:00, the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights will host a roundtable on LGBTI Rights in Turkey. At this round table, we will address the key developments and challenges affecting LGBTI people in Turkey … 
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Posted in Intergroup documents, Recent news on May 25th, 2016
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European Parliament concerned about LGBTI situation Gambia

In a resolution adopted last week, the European Parliament has called on Gambia to repeal its laws criminalising LGBTI people, and urged the government to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and the right to non-discrimination. The calls were … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on May 20th, 2016
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Parliament speaks out for equal parental leave rights same-sex couples with children

Last week, the parliament spoke out in favour of equal parental leave rights for same-sex couples with children. In its report evaluating the implementation of the EU law (Directive 2010/18/EU) on parental leave, the Parliament emphasised that “adequate, individual, compensated … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on May 18th, 2016
General view of MEPs in Plenary Chamber

Parliament speaks out for mutual recognition domestic adoptions

In a resolution addressing cross-border conflicts around adoption adopted yesterday, the Parliament has spoken out in favour of mutual recognition of domestic adoption decisions between Member States. Domestic adoption refers to the placement of a child for adoption by their … 
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Posted in Press releases, Recent news on April 29th, 2016