Thursday , 12 December 2019

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European Parliament Calls for Greater LGBTI Rights

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 ...

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Scottish MEP urges Lithuanian parliament to reject unjust bill


  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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European Parliament demands trans equality at the workplace

European Parliament

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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Politicians criticise Scottish Government’s civil partnership stance


Scottish opposition politicians have expressed concern at the Scottish government’s announcement that it does not wish to introduce opposite-sex civil partnerships. Leading figures from the Scottish Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties have been united in their calls for the Scottish government to reconsider its position. The Scottish government is currently consulting on the future of civil partnerships, but ...

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European leader labels Russian laws “wrong and out of date”

Thorbjørn Jagland:

  The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has today described Russian laws banning “homosexual propaganda” as “completely wrong and out of date”. Jagland, who is a former Norwegian Prime Minister and a one-time advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, has been a consistent advocate of LGBTI equality and has previously insisted Russia allows its LGBTI ...

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Freedom To Donate says lift “draconian” gay blood donation ban

Freedom To Donate

The “draconian” ban on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, demands a campaign backed by MPs, MEPs and UK-wide and Scottish charities. The Freedom To Donate campaign, supported by political leaders such as Liberal Democrats’ Tim Farron and the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas, SNP MPs and others from across the political spectrum, demanding the reconsideration of a ban against ...

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European Parliament adds LGBTI rights to neighbourhood policy

European Neighbourhood Policy. Image credit: © Bertelsmann Stiftung

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 Commissioner to priortise an LGBTI Rights action plan

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová

The European Union’s (EU) Justice Commissioner, Vera Jourová, said she is commitment to prioritise an action plan regarding LGBTI rights. Jourová said that there “should be no problem to prepare the [LGBTI] action plan or roadmap in the course of this year,” in a response to queries by members of the EU Intergroup on LGBTI Rights (ILGBTIR). She highlighted the need ...

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Quotas to ensure LGBTI Holyrood representation?


A new cross-party campaign has been established to facilitate greater gender equality and representation within the Scottish parliament, we ask: would LGBTI people benefit from a similar measure? A newly established 50-50 campaign aims to “tackle inequality and push for measures to give women access to the positions that are currently unfairly and structurally dominated by men”, and is the ...

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