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Montenegrin Police bans Nikšić Pride for third time this year

For the third time this year, police in the city of Nikšić, Montenegro, has banned a pride march, which was due to take place today. The Pride was banned quoting security threats. The Orthodox Church mobilised against the Pride, while … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on September 18th, 2015
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MEPs condemn ban and police violence at Istanbul Pride

In a last-minute move, the governor of Istanbul banned Sunday’s Pride Parade, using the month of Ramadan as a justification. In previous years, Prides were also held during Ramadan, without obstruction by the state and tens of thousands people participating. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 30th, 2015
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EU leaders demand answers from Kyrgyz President over anti-LGBTI, anti-NGO bills

During an official visit by Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev last week, EU leaders  have sought reassurances over pending bills seeking to limit the rights of LGBTI people and civil society in general. Kyrgyzstan is considering an anti-LGBTI ‘propaganda’ bill, which would outlaw any … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 1st, 2015
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European Parliament urges Kyrgyzstan to drop anti-LGBTI bill

In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament calls on Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill which would censor information on LGBTI issues. The draft law would punish the dissemination of information “aimed at forming positive attitudes toward non-traditional sexual relations.” … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 15th, 2015
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LGBTI Intergroup MEP heading to Belgrade Pride

After three bans in a row since 2011, a Pride March is scheduled to take place in Belgrade this Sunday. From the European Parliament, Terry Reintke MEP will march along for equality and human rights. After an attack on a … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on September 26th, 2014
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MEPs ask Commission for action as situation LGBT people in Russia worsens

Yesterday, six Members of the European Parliament asked the Commission in a written question how it will keep pressure on Russia to respect the rights of LGBT persons and other minorities. The question comes shortly after a court in St. Petersburg … 
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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on July 25th, 2014
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Situation for LGBT people worsens in Russia, Crimea and Ukraine

The Crimean crisis has led to increased tensions for LGBT individuals in Ukraine, the territory of Crimea, and Russia. Russia and the territory of Crimea Following the Russian annexation of Crimea, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are now subject to the … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 29th, 2014
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Kyrgyz Parliament considering homophobic ‘anti-propaganda’ law

On March 26, the Kyrgyz Parliament published a draft bill, proposing to impose tough sanctions for anyone speaking or acting in a way that creates “a positive attitude toward nontraditional sexual relations”.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 31st, 2014
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Plenary summary: Parliament criticises Russia day ahead of Olympic Games

Yesterday, one day before the Olympic Games in Sochi started, the European Parliament adopted a resolution severely criticising Russia for its repression of human rights defenders and LGBTI people.

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on February 7th, 2014
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European Commission Vice-President boycotts Sochi over minority rights

Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, has announced that she would not attend the Olympic Games in Russia this winter. On Monday, she tweeted that she would “certainly not go to Sochi as long as minorities are treated the way they are under the current Russian legislation”.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 16th, 2013