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Latvia challenged on partnership recognition

Earlier this month the Latvian Parliament dismissed a petition calling for the introduction of partnership legislation which would recognise all unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. This is the second time the Saeima rejected such an initiative. The European Parliament has responded today with members of the LGBTI Intergroup writing to the Members of the Government of Latvia, and the Speaker […]

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Turkish crackdown on LGBTI rights in Turkey condemned

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament raised its concerns on the worsening situation for human rights in Turkey. The resolution calls on Turkish authorities to revoke the indefinite ban on events organised by LGBTI organisations, decided by the Ankara Governor’s Office on 19 November 2017. Following the Governor’s statement, other regions in Turkey have also banned LGBTI events. […]

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European Parliament says Russia must address LGBTI persecution in Chechnya

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament has called on Russian authorities to end the campaign of persecution targeted at people perceived to be LGBTI in Chechnya. The resolution says that this persecution campaign is “part of a worrying trend of arrests, attacks, intimidations and discreditations”, targeting not only (perceived) LGBTI people, but human rights defenders and journalists as […]

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LGBTI Rights are Children’s Rights: EU

A sneak preview launch in the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow afternoon will unveil a report jointly produced by the Parliament’s working group on children’s rights and its LGBTI group. The report, “LGBTQI Inclusive Education”, is subtitled “Education responses to SOGIESC-based violence”. SOGIESC is a pretty new term, and means “sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics”. So […]

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Malta moves on marriage

Malta has voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Congratulations, Malta! Hot on the heels of Germany the island nation has passed the law by a thumping 66 votes to 1. As with Germany, it’s a more inclusive law than we have for England and Wales: “husband and wife” becomes “spouses” and a single law covers any consenting couple who marry, rather […]

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Respecting LGBT+ a condition of joining EU

The European Parliament has approved three of its annual reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. In those reports MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo, and urged the countries to improve the situation. While the UK is busy negotiating its way out of the EU following the Brexit referendum, other countries are eager to […]

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