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EU Parliament: Persecution of gay men in Chechnya – MEPs call for urgent investigation

EU Parliament: Persecution of gay men in Chechnya – MEPs call for urgent investigation

Chechen authorities must end the persecution of gay men and an investigation must be held as a matter of urgency, Members of the European Parliament said on Thursday (18 May).  MEPs say that Detention and torture of gay men in Chechnya must stop There is a need for urgent investigation by Russia EU and Council […]

EP recognises specific discrimination faced by trans and intersex people

EP recognises specific discrimination faced by trans and intersex people

ILGA-Europe welcome the European Parliament’s adoption of  two reports, which contain significant provisions in relation to the rights of LGBTI people. The first report, from Rapporteur Kozłowska-Rajewicz, is a positive development, as it recognises that Member States should adopt legislation that protects trans people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.

EP deplores harmful medical treatment for trans and intersex people

EP deplores harmful medical treatment for trans and intersex people

In a key vote on gender equality in mental health, the European Parliament has urged for stronger action on trans and intersex people’s mental health. The Parliament deplores that transgender people are still considered mentally ill, and highlights that this diagnosis “is a source of significant distress for transgender persons”.

Controversial Commissioner Oettinger Begins His First Week

Controversial Commissioner Oettinger Begins His First Week

In spite of several major concerns over Commissioner Oettinger’s suitability to replace Kristalina Georgieva, the fact is that the portfolio is his. And now it is time to act on the commitments made during and after the hearing with the European Parliament last week. The announced communication on diversity and inclusion, as promised by the Commissioner during his […]

EP – NGOs Concerned Ahead Of Oettinger Hearing

EP – NGOs Concerned Ahead Of Oettinger Hearing

Several NGOs, including ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) have written to MEPs ahead of a hearing, which will decide if Commissioner Oettinger will take over the ‘human resources and budget’ portfolio.  ILGA has commented: “At this crucial moment for the EU, it is more vital than ever to have a strong and […]

European Parliament: Tunisia Urged To Decriminalise Homosexuality

European Parliament: Tunisia Urged To Decriminalise Homosexuality

  In a recent vote on EU – Tunisia relations, the European Parliament (EP) has urged Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality. According to par. 21, the EP: “Calls for a reform of the penal code, and in particular for the repeal of Article 230, which penalises homosexuality with imprisonment for three years, and is contrary to […]

European Parliament gravely concerned over LGBTI people in Crimea

European Parliament gravely concerned over LGBTI people in Crimea

 Last Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea and the severe restrictions on the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. The resolution starts out by strongly condemning “the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean residents” (paragraph 2) following the Russian annexation. Zooming in on […]