Thursday, December 19, 2019

European Parliament resolution tackling the rise in hate against the LGBT community in Europe

Breaking news coming from the European Parliament in Strasbourg as MEPs adopt a resolution condemning anti-LGBT hate speech and public discrimination across Europe.

The European Parliament’s resolution on public discrimination and anti-LGBT hate speech identifies a broad trend across Europe and its consequences in society, amid deeply worrying situations in several countries. 

The resolution reiterates a call on the Commission to adopt an EU LGBT strategy and a comprehensive, permanent and objective EU mechanism on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights that includes the protection of LGBT rights. It calls for the adoption of legislation and policies in several different areas, including freedom of movement, hate-speech and crime, education, and sports, to ensure the equal human rights of LGBT people.

The resolution also calls on Poland to firmly condemn discrimination against LGBT people and to revoke resolutions attacking LGBTI rights, including local bills against “LGBT ideology”, in accordance with its national law; as well as its obligations under EU and international law.

In a broader context, the resolution expresses deep concern at the growing number of attacks against the LGBT community coming from the State officials and politicians at the national, regional and local levels. It recognises that such attacks have seen a rise in violence against LGBTI people, with hate crimes motivated by homophobia and transphobia on the rise across in the EU, while responses from authorities too often remain inadequate.

According to the German ministry of interior, the number of homophobic hate crimes in the first six months of 2019 were already more than in the whole of 2013. In the latter part of this year, our members reported attacks on community events or their offices in Belgrade, Ljubljana, Budapest, Vienna and Lublinwhere explosive devices were taken to the Equality March, presumably intended to cause grievous bodily harm or death.

Not a step back Europe!!!

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