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European Commission

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
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Plenary summary: MEPs urge Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at United Nations

In a recommendation adopted yesterday, the European Parliament calls on EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI rights at the United Nations General Assembly, which will convene in September 2014.
The Parliament expresses concern over “the recent increase in discriminatory laws and practices, and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on April 4th, 2014
Catherine TRAUTMANN MEP

Historic EU-Africa Summit overshadowed by anti-LGBT laws

The fourth EU-Africa Summit is taking place in Brussels since yesterday, and although not officially on the agenda, extremely harsh new anti-LGBT laws are on leaders’ minds. MEPs demonstrating against anti-LGBT laws in Plenary The summit brings together the heads of state … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 3rd, 2014
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Uganda and Nigeria: European Parliament calls for targeted sanctions over new laws

This afternoon Parliament adopted a strong resolution [LINK] condemning the Nigerian and Ugandan anti-LGBT laws, and calling on the Commission and Council to for immediate action, with the possibility to suspend political relations with the two countries.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 13th, 2014
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Uganda President ratifies Anti-Homosexuality Bill; MEPs: ‘Suspend political agreement with Uganda!’

Today President of Uganda Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, worsening the situation for LGBT people dramatically. The new law seeks to vastly expand the criminalisation of the LGBTI community.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 24th, 2014
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Northern part of Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality

This morning, the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality Bill passed the Parliament of the northern part of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus was the last territory in Europe where homosexuality was still a crime.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 27th, 2014
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European Parliament strongly condemns anti-LGBTI laws in Uganda, Nigeria and India

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament strongly condemned recent moves to criminalise LGBTI people in Uganda, Nigeria and India. Parliament also called on Russia to repeal its law prohibiting the propaganda of ‘non-traditional sexual relations’. Earlier this month, Nigeria’s President … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 17th, 2014