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New EU accession reports: LGBTI rights in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Earlier this month, the European Commission’s published its annual progress reports on accession states’ progress towards EU Membership. The reports include important and extensive information on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in those 7 countries.
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Why Is Germany So Divided On Gay Rights?

Despite overwhelming public approval, Germany still prohibits same-sex marriage. So why is the nation so behind on LGBT rights?
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Europe : Six steps to improve the state of the Union – not just...

ILGA-Europe, together with 176 other civil society organisations, are asking European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to pause for a moment in advance of the 2016 State of the Union and start to refocus the EU agenda on what matters for people: that their fundamental rights are protected; that their children grow up in an open and tolerant society; that the most vulnerable are treated with dignity and respect. 
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Romanian court gives green light to constitutional referendum proposing discrimination against same-sex couples

The Romanian Constitutional Court has approved a citizen’s initiative that aims to amend the constitutional definition of family to essentially shut same-sex couples out of any future recognition of their relationships.
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Anti-discrimination law updated – great step forward in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In a very welcome update from Bosnia and Herzegovina, ILGA-Europe have learned that LGBTI people are to be better protected thanks to updates to anti-discrimination legislation.
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‘I’m gay in Ukraine & my country despises me’

Last October came my turning point. After years of reporting on Eastern European LGBTI issues, I felt I was fighting an uphill battle.
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European court strikes against Hungary’s arbitrary detention of LGBT asylum seekers

Today, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Hungary’s two-month-long detention of an Iranian gay man applying for asylum is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Strasbourg court rules refusal to recognise residence rights same-sex partner discriminatory

Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Taddeucci and McCall v Italy, that the refusal to grant one partner in a same-sex couple a residence permit violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly Article 14, prohibition of discrimination, taken with Article 8, respect for family life.
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Refusal to grant a same-sex (non-EU) partner a residence permit was discrimination based on...

The European Court of Human Rights has stated that Italy’s refusal to grant one partner in a same-sex couple a residence permit violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. Today (30 June 2016) the Strasbourg court held that to deny same-sex couples residence permits on ‘family grounds’ was discrimination.
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Council LGBTI Conclusions are Trojan horse: legitimising homophobia

Last Thursday, the Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on LGBTI equality. It is the first time ever that the Council adopts a document addressing LGBTI equality.

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Spain: LGBT Asylum Seekers Abused in North African Enclave

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers in Spain’s North African enclave, Ceuta, are exposed to harassment and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Japan’s Missed Opportunity to Support LGBT Children

The Japanese government has missed an opportunity to introduce information about sexual and gender minorities to classrooms during a once-in-a-decade review of its national educational curriculum.
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