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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 urges Member States to speak out for LGBTI Rights at UN Human Rights Council

In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament has expressed its concern regarding “discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” The adopted text is a recommendation from … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 21st, 2016
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European Parliament calls for coherence EU’s internal & external human rights policy

Last week, the European Parliament voted its annual report on human rights in the world. The report takes account of the situation of human rights, including of LGBTI people, and makes recommendations accordingly. The report starts off by stating that … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 21st, 2015
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Parliament human rights report addresses LGBTI criminalisation, trans rights and same-sex unions

Last week, the European Parliament voted its annual report on human rights in the world. The report takes account of the situation of human rights, including of LGBTI people, and makes recommendations accordingly. The report contains strong language on the … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 17th, 2015
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European Parliament: Include LGBT non-discrimination clause in future agreement with African, Caribbean & Pacific States

Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a report in which it calls for inclusion of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in a future agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. According to the EP, sanctions … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 12th, 2015
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European Parliament votes for UN development strategy to include LGBTI rights

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted for a report defining its input into the global future development policy. The report contains strong wording on LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In 2000 the UN adopted the Millennium Declaration, … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on November 26th, 2014
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Juncker I Commission – Strong performance Mimica, Andriukaitis, but doubts remain

Between 29 September and 7 October 2014 the European Parliament is conducting interviews with the candidate Commissioners. During the first two days of these hearings, candidate Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica (Croatia) and candidate Commissioner for Health … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 2nd, 2014
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Gambian National Assembly passes severe anti-LGBT bill

Last month, Gambian lawmakers adopted a severe anti-LGBT bill, imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Although a copy of the bill is not yet available, it appears to be one of the harshest pieces of legislation against LGBT people. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on September 12th, 2014
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Uganda Constitutional Court: Anti-Homosexuality Act is unconstitutional

In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court of Uganda nullified the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. The Court argued that procedural rules were not followed when Parliament passed the bill in December, as not enough lawmakers had been present at the vote. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on August 1st, 2014
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Plenary summary: Criminalisation LGBT people Egypt, Nigeria; Anti-discrimination law Ukraine

The Strasbourg week is over, so it is time for a plenary update. Apart from voting Jean-Claude Juncker in as the new Commission President, the European Parliament adopted resolutions mentioning the rights of LGBT persons in Nigeria and Egypt and a resolution calling for proper … 
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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on July 18th, 2014