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EU sanctions Russians over Chechen LGBT abuses

EU sanctions Russians over Chechen LGBT abuses

(Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on two Russians, accused of persecuting gay and lesbian people, in the southern Russian region of Chechnya, the bloc’s toughest response to attacks on Russian citizens because of their sexuality. Russian authorities in the autonomous region deny what human rights groups, media and filmmakers have described […]

Opinion: EU must follow ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ declaration with action

Opinion: EU must follow ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ declaration with action

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday declaring the European Union (EU) an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone. This is in response to the proliferation of municipalities across Poland, more than 100 to date, which declared themselves so-called ‘LGBT-free zones’, as anti-LGBT+ rhetoric and promises were used by political leaders in election campaigns. In the same week […]

EU declares itself an LGBT+ ‘Freedom Zone’

EU declares itself an LGBT+ ‘Freedom Zone’

The European Parliament voted to declare the European Union an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’, as Poland plans to bar same-sex couples from adopting. The European Union’s parliament symbolically declared the bloc an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ on Thursday, in its latest move to censure Hungary and Poland, for their curbs on LGBT+ rights.

EU executive launches action to protect LGBTIQ people

EU executive launches action to protect LGBTIQ people

(Reuters) – The European Commission launched on Thursday a strategy for the equality of LGBTIQ people in the 27-nation European Union, as some countries step up anti-LGBT rhetoric. The Commission proposed tackling discrimination against LGBT people, in particular when it comes to employment and ensuring their safety, also from online hate speech, by including homophobic […]

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

The European Parliament on Thursday condemned Poland for rolling back LGBT+ rights, and demanded that the European Union take action against the country’s nationalist government, including potentially denying it funding from the bloc. The Parliament voted by a large majority to adopt a resolution on human rights in the country, where municipalities have set up […]

Poland: Ruling party faces internal struggle over LGBT, women’s rights

Poland: Ruling party faces internal struggle over LGBT, women’s rights

(Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is resisting efforts by ultra-conservatives in the ruling coalition to step up a government crackdown on LGBT and women’s rights, wary of further hurting ties with the European Union, government sources say. The Law and Justice (PiS) government angered Brussels by using language during the campaign for a […]

EU chief executive decries ‘LGBT-free zones’

EU chief executive decries ‘LGBT-free zones’

(Reuters) – The European Union’s chief executive said on Wednesday there was no place in the bloc for so-called ‘LGBT-free zones’, a pointed criticism of Poland’s nationalist government pushing to curb the rights of LGBT people. “LGBTQI-free zones are humanity free zones. And they have no place in our (European) Union,” European Commission President Ursula […]

EU lawmakers condemn Hungary for trans ID reversal

EU lawmakers condemn Hungary for trans ID reversal

European Union (EU) lawmakers on Thursday criticised Hungary for trying to ban transgender people from changing their sex on some official documents as a “deliberate” attack on the community. The ruling Fidesz party proposed on Tuesday to change the law, so that birth, marriage, and death certificates show “sex at birth” – reversing a policy […]

Report on the #RENEWIESOGI Process is here

Report on the #RENEWIESOGI Process is here

In July 2019, States voted to renew the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert , focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and gender identity (SOGI) for a further three years. It was a historic victory for LGBT communities, and for human rights for all: following the call from […]

European Parliament condemns Brunei over ‘retrograde’ anti gay law

European Parliament condemns Brunei over ‘retrograde’ anti gay law

The European Parliament on Thursday strongly condemned Brunei for introducing “retrograde” anti-gay legislation. The Muslim-majority sultanate has drawn global condemnation from the United Nations, governments, and a host of celebrities, for introducing the latest stage of Sharia laws on April 3. It began rolling out the Islamic criminal laws in 2014. The resolution adopted by […]