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Tag Archives: Evelyne Paradis

Campaigners warn against complacency as Scotland rated top for LGBTI rights

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Campaigners have insisted that there is more for the Scottish and UK parliaments to do on LGBTI rights, while cautiously welcoming Scotland’s rating as the best country in Europe for LGBTI equality, human rights and protective legislation. The European lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisation ILGA-Europe has revealed today, at the fourth annual conference to mark International Day ...

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Croatia “unjustified” in excluding same-sex couples from family reunification

European Court of Human Rights

  A European human rights and equality organisation has welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights that Croatia’s exclusion of same-sex couples from family reunification processes amounts to discrimination. ILGA-Europe, a Europe-wide advocacy group, claimed that the legislation contained within the Aliens Act that blocked same-sex couples from obtaining residence permits for family reunification purposes exclusively on ...

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Greece Recognises Same-Sex Partnerships

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  Greece has become the 26th country to recognise same-sex partnerships, after an overwhelming majority of 194 to 55 in the Hellenic Parliament supported a new bill. Following a manifesto pledge from ruling party Syriza, the bill was published in June this year, followed by a revised bill in November. Registered partnerships for heterosexuals were introduced in 2009, and this ...

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Cyprus to introduce civil unions

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  The Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex unions will be legally recognised in the Mediterranean republic for the first time. The House of Representatives voted by 39 to 12 in favour of extending same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same legal rights as civil marriage. However, join adoption rights were not ...

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Ukraine vote gives greater protection for LGBTI citizens

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  Sexual orientation and gender identity have been included as protected grounds in the anti-discrimination section of Ukraine’s revised Labour Code. Effectively, this means that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender will become illegal. This important milestone for LGBTI people in Ukraine was reached when 234 members of Ukraine’s parliament, the Rada, voted to add the anti-discrimination clause ...

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Scottish MEP urges Lithuanian parliament to reject unjust bill

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  A Scottish MEP has called on Lithuania’s parliament to reject a bill that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Conservative MEP Ian Duncan, who is also the Vice President of the EU Intergroup on LGBT Rights, has co-written a letter to the Speaker of the Seimas expressing “grave concern” at the content of the bill, and ...

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Irish president signs marriage equality into law

Yes Ireland

Five months after the widely celebrated referendum, marriage equality has become a reality for same-sex couples in Ireland. The Presidential Commission, in place of President Michael D Higgins who currently visiting the US, signed the Marriage Act 2015 into law yesterday. Ireland became the first nation to introduce same-sex marriage by popular vote in May with the overwhelming Yes vote from ...

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EU votes for LGBTI rights in EU Gender equality strategy

European Parliament

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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Europe must step up efforts to protect intersex people

European Union Intersex

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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