Wednesday , 6 July 2022

European Parliament Calls for Greater LGBTI Rights

European Parliament
European Parliament

In its annual Human Rights report, the European Parliament called for greater LGBTI rights both within and outwith the European Union.

The report begins by calling on the EU and its members “to effectively address internal human rights challenges” including discrimination against LGBTI people. It also addresses the EU’s foreign policy in relation to LGBTI rights.

The EU’s LGBTI Intergroup has also criticised the European Commission’s “List of Actions to Advance LGBTI Equality” as falling short of a genuine strategy.

The parliament called for action on all forms of discrimination “including hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation.”

It also condemned the fact “that 75 countries still criminalise homosexuality, including 8 which provide the death penalty” and believed “violence against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation should not go unpunished”. In this context, it suggested “LGBTI persons are more likely to be respected if they have access to legal institutions, possibly through registered partnership or marriage.”

The report, however, made no mention of the eight EU countries that do not recognise either same sex partnerships or marriage, these countries being: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. In July this year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy was violating human rights in not recognising civil unions or same sex marriages.

Ian Duncan MEP
Ian Duncan MEP

Dr Ian Duncan, Vice President of the EU Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, and Scottish MEP for the Conservative Party told KaleidoScot: “The European Parliament is able and more than willing to take a strong stance when the abuse of LGBTI rights occurs in other countries, yet when it comes to getting its own house in order the EU can often be striking in its silence.”

In reference to the recent referendum in Slovenia, he added: “When you place the rights of the minority in the hands of a popular vote, you place those rights and those people at the mercy of the views of the majority. Unfortunately, the interests of the majority aren’t always in tune with the rights of the minority – as has been proven this week in Slovenia where the people decided not to support equal marriage.”

Fabio Massimo Castaldo MEP, Vice President of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights said: “This report makes a strong call to be more consistent in our human rights obligations, internally and externally. We cannot turn a blind eye to violations simply because they come from a country that we have good relations with, or because this country in the EU. The adoption of this report by a wide majority sends a clear message from MEPs to step up efforts to consistently defend and promote human rights of LGBTI people.”

About Kevin Crowe

Kevin Crowe
Kevin and his husband Simon live in the Highlands where they ran, before retiring, a bookshop, art gallery and restaurant. Kevin previously worked with young homeless people and an HIV/Aids worker. He describes himself as a Socialist, is out within the Roman Catholic Church and has over the years been involved in various voluntary activities, including LGBTIQ groups. Until recently he was a committee member of Highland LGBT Forum and a tutor on the Inverness based Pink Castle Philosophy Club, and is currently convenor of the Highland LGBT Writers Group. Since the late 1960s his poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, web site and anthologies.

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