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On the 26th of February, 2015 the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament (LIBE) had a debate on the Lithuanian anti-propaganda law and the situation of the rights of LGBT* people in Lithuania. Dutch Member of the European Parliament Sophie in ‘t Veld (ALDE/D66) asked for a debate with the European Commissioners after the

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Following a submission to the European Commission by the national LGBT* organization LGL, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament is preparing to discuss the ‘homosexual propaganda’ legislation in Lithuania, reports Lithuanian news agency BNS. Lithuania’s representatives in the European Parliament, however, claim that they do not see a problem

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Lithuania’s Ban on ‘Homosexual Propaganda’ is under EU Scrutiny

Following a submission to the European Commission by the national LGBT* organization LGL, the EU institutions will follow closely the ‘homosexual propaganda’ legislation in Lithuania, reports Lithuanian news agency “BNS.” The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will discuss the situation in Lithuanian situation on Thursday. The European Commission (EC)

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European Parliament votes for UN development strategy to include LGBTI rights

On November 25th, 2014 the European Parliament voted for a report defining its input into the global future development policy. The report contains strong wording on LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In 2000 the UN adopted the Millennium Declaration, specifying concrete targets to be reached by 2015: the Millennium Development

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European Parliament organizes conference against discrimination

The conference “Fundamental rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI’’ is being organised by Members of the Pre-Accession Countries’ Parliaments and the European Parliament in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission and will be held in Albanian capital Tirana on 20-21 November. The

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A campaign against homophobia will be held during Baku European Games

Baku is hosting First European Games in June, 2015. Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance in collaboration with Free LGBT will hold “Compete for Equality” campaign during this event, reports Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance. The target group of this campaign is European Parliament, International Olympic Committee, ILGA World and ILGA Europe, Olympic Committees and Ministries of Foreign Affairs of

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Lithuania: two parties in the ruling coalition express their anti-LGBT agenda

Representatives of the Lithuanian Labour Party and Order and Justice express their views on LGBT issues to lrt.lt. The deputy chairman of the Lithuanian Labour Party Kęstutis Daukšys was asked a question about the party’s short program, which states that Members of the European Parliament representing the Labour Party are going to protect people from

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A quarter of elected European Parliament committed to LGBTI equality

185 (25%) newly elected members of the 751-seat European Parliament have signed ILGA-Europe’s European Elections 2014 Come Out Pledge, committing themselves to advancing human rights and LGBTI equality over the next five years.  Since the launch of the Come Out campaign in January, ILGA-Europe and its members reached out to candidates in all EU countries,

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European elections: how did human rights do?

May 2014 was an important month for Europe. The elections for the European Parliament, which took place from May 22 to May 25 in all the member States of the EU, revealed who will represent us in the next five years within the Union. A number of initiatives have been taken in order to raise

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Georgia Prime Minister calls for constitutional ban on equal marriage

At the end of March, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili introduced an amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution. The amendment allegedly purports to avoid “misinterpretation” of an anti-discrimination bill which was introduced at the same time. This bill would address remaining legal gaps in anti-discrimination legislation,