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Uganda Constitutional Court: Anti-Homosexuality Act is unconstitutional

In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court of Uganda nullified the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. The Court argued that procedural rules were not followed when Parliament passed the bill in December, as not enough lawmakers had been present at the vote. … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on August 1st, 2014
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Plenary summary: MEPs urge Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at United Nations

In a recommendation adopted yesterday, the European Parliament calls on EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI rights at the United Nations General Assembly, which will convene in September 2014.
The Parliament expresses concern over “the recent increase in discriminatory laws and practices, and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on April 4th, 2014

Historic EU-Africa Summit overshadowed by anti-LGBT laws

The fourth EU-Africa Summit is taking place in Brussels since yesterday, and although not officially on the agenda, extremely harsh new anti-LGBT laws are on leaders’ minds. MEPs demonstrating against anti-LGBT laws in Plenary The summit brings together the heads of state … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on April 3rd, 2014
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Plenary summary: Progress report Turkey; UN Human Rights Council

The Strasbourg week is over, so it is time for a plenary update. Apart from passing the data protection package, which includes important privacy measures for LGBT people, and a resolution calling for measures against Nigeria and Uganda, Parliament adopted the progress report on Turkey and voted the EU priorities for the UN Human Rights Council.

Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on March 14th, 2014

Uganda and Nigeria: European Parliament calls for targeted sanctions over new laws

This afternoon Parliament adopted a strong resolution [LINK] condemning the Nigerian and Ugandan anti-LGBT laws, and calling on the Commission and Council to for immediate action, with the possibility to suspend political relations with the two countries.

Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on March 13th, 2014
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Uganda President ratifies Anti-Homosexuality Bill; MEPs: ‘Suspend political agreement with Uganda!’

Today President of Uganda Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, worsening the situation for LGBT people dramatically. The new law seeks to vastly expand the criminalisation of the LGBTI community.

Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on February 24th, 2014
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European Parliament strongly condemns anti-LGBTI laws in Uganda, Nigeria and India

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament strongly condemned recent moves to criminalise LGBTI people in Uganda, Nigeria and India. Parliament also called on Russia to repeal its law prohibiting the propaganda of ‘non-traditional sexual relations’. Earlier this month, Nigeria’s President … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on January 17th, 2014
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Nigeria and Uganda adopt harsh anti-LGBT laws in same week

On Tuesday 17 December, the Senate of Nigeria adopted the ‘Same-sex marriage (prohibition) bill’, criminalising displays of affection, people in a same-sex marriage (including tourists), and anyone arguing in favour of LGBT people’s human rights. Today, the Ugandan Parliament also … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on December 20th, 2013
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European Parliament condemns violence against lesbian women, supports LGBTI rights in Africa

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on violence against lesbian women and LGBTI rights in Africa. The Parliament is reacting to an increase in arrests and violence against LGBTI people, and particularly lesbian women, on the continent.

Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on July 5th, 2012
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Summary: LGBTI Rights in the World

On 30 June 2011, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights held a hearing on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) rights in the world. Members of the European Parliament, European Parliament staff, European Commission staff, ambassadors and members of … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on July 7th, 2011