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European Parliament

European Parliament demands protection LGBTI refugees, also from ‘safe’ countries

Today, the European Parliament adopted a report on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU, paying particular attention to the situation of LGBTI asylum seekers. The report is a response to the invisibility of female refugees … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 8th, 2016
The Court of Justice of the European Union CJEU

EU Court: verification sexual orientation asylum seeker must not infringe fundamental rights

Yesterday, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that authorities, when verifying the sexual orientation of an asylum seeker, should always comply with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The case ended on the Court’s plate after … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 3rd, 2014
10 years of LGBT rights

Summary: 2009-2019, 10 years of LGBT rights: Successes, Failures, Challenges

On 5 March, the LGBT Intergroup held a seminar “10 years of LGBT rights: Successes, failures, challenges.” Under the chairing of Ulrike Lunacek, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, civil society representatives, MEPs and the EEAS discussed both concrete achievements of the last five years, and issues to be tackled after the 2014 elections.

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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on March 14th, 2014
The Court of Justice of the European Union CJEU

EU Court of Justice rules sexual orientation valid ground for fear of persecution in asylum procedures

Today the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that people fleeing their country with a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their sexual orientation may qualify for asylum in the European Union. Rules to grant asylum … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on November 7th, 2013
Sylvie GUILLAUME and Dennis DE JONG MEPs

New EU asylum rules will better protect LGBT people

Today the European Parliament adopted a new version of the European Union law on asylum procedures. The text contains notable improvements for LGBT asylum-seekers.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 12th, 2013
Jean Lambert MEP

Historic vote extends EU asylum standards to transgender people

Today the European Parliament formally adopted a new set of asylum rules for the European Union. The binding rules now include gender identity as a ground of persecution, which EU Member States must take into account. Governments have already agreed to … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 27th, 2011
LGBT Intergroup Podcast

Podcast: LGBT people and asylum in the EU

Back in April, the European Parliament voted on a resolution to provide more protection to LGBT people seeking asylum in the EU. Another similar text is being worked on right now, but what does it all mean for LGBT asylum-seekers?

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Posted in: Podcast, Recent news on June 15th, 2011
Sylvie Guillaume MEP

European Parliament calls for special protection of LGBT asylum-seekers

Members of the European Parliament voted today to modernise the EU-wide system for examining asylum claims. Among the measures adopted today, groups of asylum-seekers with special needs were updated to include people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 6th, 2011
Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

Response to the parliamentary question on phallometric testing

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström answered a written question on the phallometric testing of gay asylum seekers by Czech authorities. The Intergroup will closely monitor follow-up on this issue. Answer given by the Commissioner for Home Affairs: The … 
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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on March 3rd, 2011
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Parliamentary question to the Commission: Phallometric testing for gay asylum seekers

In a report published recently, the Fundamental Rights Agency points to the use by Czech immigration authorities of phallometric testing. The report Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity highlights that gay men seeking asylum … 
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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on December 2nd, 2010