EU/CoE : inter-ministerial working groups for LGBT issues

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), Thorbjørn Jagland, met today in Brussels for the signature ceremony of the finalisation of the EU/CoE Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey. They made the following statement:
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EP urges Member States to speak out for LGBTI Rights at UNHRC

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EP plenary session week 48 2015 in Strasbourg

European Parliament calls for coherence EU’s internal & external human rights policy

Last week, the European Parliament voted its annual report on human rights in the world. The report takes account of the situation of human rights, including of LGBTI people, and makes recommendations accordingly.

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