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Plenary summary: Progress report Turkey; UN Human Rights Council

The Strasbourg week is over, so it is time for a plenary update. Apart from passing the data protection package, which includes important privacy measures for LGBT people, and a resolution calling for measures against Nigeria and Uganda, Parliament adopted the progress report on Turkey and voted the EU priorities for the UN Human Rights Council.

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on March 14th, 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 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
Commissioner Viviane Reding

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
Maria Eleni KOPPA and Barbara LOCHBIHLER

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
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU

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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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
Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

Summary: “Anti-propaganda laws”, the new criminalisation of homosexuality

Last week the LGBT Intergroup met to discuss the worrying trend of “anti-propaganda laws” in Eastern Europe, mainly Russia and Ukraine. Several experts and policy-makers took the floor.

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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on June 11th, 2013
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Upcoming Intergroup event: “Anti-propaganda laws”, the new criminalisation of homosexuality

Next week the LGBT Intergroup will host a seminar on new laws criminalising the discussion of LGBT rights in Eastern European countries, such as Russia and Ukraine. Since 2006, Eastern Europe has seen an increase in legislative attempts to limit … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on May 29th, 2013