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Fairy tale banned under Lithuanian ‘anti-propaganda’ law

Wednesday, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics concluded that a book containing fairy tales for children violates the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information, and should be made unavailable to children under 14. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on May 9th, 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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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
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Human rights in the world: Parliament’s annual report points to serious abuses for LGBTI people

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted its annual report on human rights in the world. The report reviews the situation of human rights (including the human rights of LGBTI persons) worldwide, and makes annual recommendations for EU action. Initially drafted by Eduard … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 12th, 2013
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MEPs welcome the annulment of Moldovan ‘Propaganda Law’

Members of the European Parliament are welcoming the decision by the Moldovan Parliament to annul the law prohibiting the “propagation of any other relations than those related to marriage or family”. Adopted by surprise only three months ago, the annulment of this law brings Moldova back on track for closer relations with the European Union.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 15th, 2013
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Live: European Parliament debates homophobia and xenophobia in Russia

Tomorrow morning the European Parliament will debate the increase in homophobia and xenophobia in Russia. Members of the European Parliament will discuss what the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs did so far.

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on October 9th, 2013
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‘Hold Putin to account at G20 and Council of Europe’, MEPs say

Members of the European Parliament are calling on EU leaders and the Council of Europe to denounce Russia’s increasingly forceful crackdown against minorities. In the past year, several laws were adopted to curtail the rights of minorities, and attack non-governmental … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on August 30th, 2013
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Moldova secretly adopts homophobic ‘anti-propaganda’ law

A new ‘anti-propaganda’ law, similar to those recently enacted in Russia, was discussed and adopted away from public scrutiny and entered into force on 12 July. Politicians specifically sought to avoid debating the bill in public.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on July 18th, 2013
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European Parliament condemns Russia’s federal censorship law

Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the “anti-propaganda” law voted in Russia’s federal Duma earlier this week.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on June 14th, 2013