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New European Parliament report in the making on a future EU LGBT equality roadmap

Today the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will start working on a new strategy against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. This roadmap would serve to guide EU and Member State actions, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity: the Commission would use its powers under EU treaties,

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MEPs welcome the annulment of Moldovan ‘Propaganda Law’

Members of the European Parliament are welcoming the decision by the Moldovan Parliament to annul the law prohibiting the “propagation of any other relations than those related to marriage or family”. Adopted by surprise only three months ago, the annulment of this law brings Moldova back on track for closer relations with the European Union. The

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Turkey’s Democracy Reform Package fails LGBT citizens

At the end of last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented a‘Democracy reform package’, including constitutional reforms, an anti-discrimination bill and a proposal for an amendment to hate crime and hate speech law. Unfortunately, the package leaves out measures that would protect LGBT people from violence and discrimination. Sexual orientation and gender identity

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European Parliament says all international couples should enjoy the same property rights

Today the European Parliament adopted two resolutions to simplify legal procedures for international couples in the event of divorce or death. The texts include provisions for equal treatment between spouses and registered partners. Last year the European Commission proposed two new EU regulations to simplify sharing and dividing couples’ property, including real estate and financial assets, when

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Members of the European Parliament are calling on EU leaders and the Council of Europe to denounce Russia’s increasingly forceful crackdown against minorities. In the past year, several laws were adopted to curtail the rights of minorities, and attack non-governmental organisations defending human rights. Latest examples include the Foreign Agents law and several homophobic ‘anti-propaganda’

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EU foreign affairs ministers adopt ground-breaking global LGBTI policy

Today the EU’s 27 foreign affairs ministers adopted a ground-breaking global policy. The LGBTI Guidelines instruct EU diplomats around the globe to defend the human rights of LGBTI people. The Guidelines will be binding. The EU’s diplomatic efforts will revolve around four priorities: Eliminate discriminatory laws and policies, including the death penalty Promote equality and non-discrimination at

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New EU asylum rules will better protect LGBT people

Today the European Parliament adopted a new version of the European Union law on asylum procedures. The text contains notable improvements for LGBT asylum-seekers. The new Directive now foresees that some asylum-seekers “may be in need of special procedural guarantees due […] to their age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity […]“. When receiving an asylum application, Member