Yesterday, the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency launched a focus paper on the fundamental rights situation of intersex* people. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights also published a research paper on human rights and intersex people.
Very recently, Germany’s Cabinet approved a bill that will expunge the convictions of tens of thousands of German men for “homosexual acts” under that country’s anti-gay law known as “Paragraph 175”.
Men who are still alive will get compensation for what they suffered under Paragraph 175 against homosexuality.
Last Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, in which it denounces the Azerbaijan Rainbowintimidation and repression of LGBTI people and those defending their rights.
Last October came my turning point. After years of reporting on Eastern European LGBTI issues, I felt I was fighting an uphill battle.
Rainbow flags are flying at half-mast around Amsterdam ahead of a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Netherlands Monday, as gay rights groups gear up to protest Russia’s pending anti-gay legislation.
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.
The European Union should follow Malta. The small island country is now leading the European Union in banning harmful gay conversion therapy.
In the last of its annual progress reports on accession countries, the European Parliament evaluated the situation in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania, including the situation of LGBTI people.
Today the European Parliament adopted four of its annual reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people, and recommended the countries to improve the situation.