Wednesday , 23 October 2019

Tag Archives: human rights

European Parliament demands protection for LGBTI refugees

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Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a report on the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU, paying particular attention to the situation of LGBTI asylum seekers. The report is a response to the near invisibility of female refugees and their concerns in the wake of the steep increase of asylum seekers arriving in Europe. A significant proportion ...

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European Parliament urges member states to speak out on LGBTI rights

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In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament has urged its member states to speak up for LGBTI rights and equality internationally. In what is effectively a recommendation from the Parliament to EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the resolution expressed its concern in relation to “discriminatory laws and practices and ...

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Report says “work still to do” to make Scotland fairer

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    A new study has suggested that Scotland is a fairer place for many people than it was five years ago, while warning that others “are at risk of being left behind”. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report has revealed that, although significant improvements have been made in recent years, more work needs to be done to ...

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Activists dismayed over alleged gay thief winning against UAE extradition

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A gay former shoe shop manager, alleged to have committed theft, has won his fight against extradition to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) amid fears he would be “unfairly” trialed and face “torture” because of his sexuality. Michael Halliday, 32, was working as the manager of footwear retailer Level Shoe District in the posh Dubai Mall in the UAE when he ...

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Lib Dem leader: Tories “trail” on transgender rights

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  Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the Conservatives’ record on transgender rights, claiming that they are “trailing behind” and not responding to public opinion. Mr Farron, writing for the Huffington Post earlier this week, insisted that he hoped evidence of shifting attitudes towards transgender rights would “pave the way for change” from a government that, to ...

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List of Actions to advance Europe-wide LGBTI Equality

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  Yesterday, Commissioner for Justice and Gender Equality Věra Jourová presented a List of Actions by the Commission to advance LGBTI Equality in the EPSCO Council, where the EU Ministers responsible for employment and social policy meet. The list is to be seen as a follow-up to the  “Lunacek Report“, adopted in February 2014 as a “Roadmap” for tackling homophobia. ...

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LGBTI Rights to be on Commonwealth Agenda in 2018

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Baroness Patricia Scotland, the next Secretary General of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), hopes to ensure LGBTI rights are firmly on the agenda in 2018. She stated that she intends to talk to member governments soon, with a view to reaching a consensus, but acknowledged she cannot force Commonwealth governments to discuss decriminalisation, saying: “we do not have ...

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MSP calls for improved LGBTI rights and AIDS services in Malawi

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  An MSP has called on the First Minister to work with the government of Malwai to help boost LGBTI rights and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment services. Writing to Nicola Sturgeon ahead of World Aids Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has drawn attention to the challenges facing LGBTI people and those with HIV/AIDS living in the African ...

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Campaigners applaud Commonwealth action on LGBTI rights

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Campaigners have expressed their delight at the Commonwealth’s urging of its leaders to deliver human rights for LGBTI people. For the first time the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been included by the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the official civil society gathering held in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Two sessions were ...

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Belief matters…or not? What is faith to an atheist?

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  It’s commonly perceived that atheism is a lack of faith. That a person has no deeply held beliefs. Even that spirituality is wholly lacking from the atheist’s life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lack of a, ‘big beard in the sky’, is no impediment to faith, belief or spirituality. For instance there is something that could ...

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