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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 […]

EU LGBTI strategy: Joint paper from 19 Member States

EU LGBTI strategy: Joint paper from 19 Member States

19 EU member states have signed a common paper prepared by the Maltese government, calling for continued efforts within the EU to ensure full protection of LGBTI rights. The paper called on the next European Commission to ensure strong follow-up of the current EC LGBTI list of actions, and adopt a coherent EU LGBTI strategy. […]

EU reviews relations with Tanzania over homosexuality crackdown

EU reviews relations with Tanzania over homosexuality crackdown

(Reuters) – The European Union has recalled its envoy in Tanzania and will review its relations with the country in response to a planned crackdown homosexuals. Brussels also criticised what it saw as growing human rights violations in Tanzania. “The EU regrets the deterioration of the human rights and rule of law situation in Tanzania […]

Romania: EU same-sex marriage activist says battle not over

Romania: EU same-sex marriage activist says battle not over

A Romanian man who mounted a legal challenge over his country’s refusal to give his American husband residency said on Wednesday the battle was not over, despite a landmark ruling in his favour from the European Union’s top court. Adrian Coman said he was relieved by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on Tuesday […]

EU court bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seekers

EU court bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seekers

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests, to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay, the EU’s top court ruled yesterday (Thursday 25 January). Effectively barring the use of sexual orientation testing as an invasion of “the most intimate aspects” of life, the Court […]