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Tag Archives: Ulrike Lunacek

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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New report says LGBTI people still face discrimination in EU

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The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency released a report highlighting that LGBTI people in the EU still face fundamental discrimination and lack of protection. The report that was released on Monday, entitled “Protection against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in the European Union: Comparative legal analysis” presents legal evolutions in fields affecting LGBTI people ...

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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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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European leader labels Russian laws “wrong and out of date”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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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 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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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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European Parliament reviews LGBTI rights in Balkans

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Yesterday the European Parliament adopted four of its annual reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people in the Balkans – Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo – and recommended ways in which the respective countries could improve the situation. In its report on Montenegro, the Parliament welcomed the authorities protecting and facilitating ...

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