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Majority in Scotland wish to remain in the EU reveals poll

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A poll conducted by Yougov has found an overwhelming majority of Scotland’s population wishes to remain in the European Union (EU). The Yougov EUref poll, published earlier this week, showed that 55% of Scots would vote to remain, while 30% to leave.  In Wales the poll found that 42% would vote to remain versus 38% to leave, out of a ...

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EU critical of Turkey and Western Balkans states over LGBTI Rights

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The European Commission published its annual progress reports on accession states’ progress towards EU Membership, criticising LGBTI rights in some Western Balkans states and Turkey. In his speech to the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Commissioner responsible for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, said the reports have “a strong focus on fundamental rights, including freedom of expression and fighting ...

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European Parliament demands trans equality at the workplace

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The European Parliament adopted a report urging the Commission and Member States to outlaw discrimination against transgender people in employment and work towards full integration of trans people at the work floor. The demands were made in a report, which was published late last week, evaluated the implementation of the Directive on equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and ...

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European Parliament demands Member States tackle homophobia in Education

The European Parliament has urged all Member States to work to tackle homophobia in schools

  Last week the European Parliament agreed that the European Commission and all Member States should work together to tackle homophobia and transphobia in education. The Parliament approved a report on empowering girls through education, authored by Portuguese Member Liliana Rodrigues, which calls on the Commission to “combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in educational ...

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European Parliament adds LGBTI rights to neighbourhood policy

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In a major boost to global LGBTI rights, the European Parliament voted on Thursday to emphasise the rights of minorities in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The Parliament emphasised the ENP action plan would “need to focus on strengthening and consolidating … respect for diversity and the rights of minorities, including … the rights of LGBTI persons.” The ENP is how the EU works ...

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EU Vice President: marriage equality should be legal across Europe

Frans Timmermans

The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, has called for marriage equality to be legalised across Europe. He said that this could be achieved by a legislation that would force member states, who have not legalised marriage equality, to recognise same-sex marriages or unions conducted in other member states. Timmermans made made this statement during an Equality Gala in ...

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EU votes for LGBTI rights in EU Gender equality strategy

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In a landmark vote, the European Parliament has demanded to include LGBTI rights in a future EU gender equality strategy. Despite pressure from right-wing organisations, the EU Strategy for Equality Between Women and Men Post 2015, known informally as the Noichl Report after its rapporteur Maria Noichl MEP, was passed by 341 votes to 281, with 81 abstentions. The right ...

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Sturgeon: EU vital to Scotland, exit would create backlash

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon said that continued European Union membership is vital to Scotland and any attempt to exit could result in a backlash and a possible second independence referendum. Sturgeon reiterated her support of continued EU membership: “We like working with our friends and neighbours from across the continent. We believe that the EU’s achievements are far more significant than its ...

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Europe must step up efforts to protect intersex people

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Two reports published today call upon the European Union (EU) agencies, its member states and government organisations to raise awareness and enact intersex rights. The first report, by the Council of European (CoE), is critical of the EU and member states saying that, in large, it disregards intersex people’s right to self-determination and physical integrity. The second report , by the ...

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SNP manifesto pledges LGBTI envoy and devolved equality

The Scottish National Party has launched its manifesto pledging its commitment to establish a special LGBTI rights envoy, protect the human rights act and devolve power over equality to Scotland.  Its manifesto pledged support for the plan to create a special envoy for the promotion of LGBTI rights: “SNP MPs will also make the case for the establishment of a special ...

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