2012 edition of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Europe must not move backwards on LGBT rights: Thorbjørn Jagland warns that discrimination and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people cannot be left unanswered

 

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that discrimination and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues to blight the lives of millions of Europeans and cannot be left unanswered. In a statement issued on 15 May 2012 he said:

“LGBT people still face intolerant attitudes and social barriers across most, if not all, Council of Europe member states. Recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights point at unjustified bans or administrative obstacles imposed on gay pride parades. They underline problems related to discrimination in granting social rights such as the right to employment. A number of applications pending before the Court concern the incrimination of “propaganda of homosexuality” and could lead to violations of freedom of expression. The introduction of such legislation has often started at the local or regional level but in recent months is finding an echo at national level in some countries ". (more...)

Declaration by Håkon Haugli, General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Håkon Haugli (Norway, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBTs), has made the following statement:

"Human rights are for all: there is no exception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in Europe in the fight against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity: to mention a few examples, in the United Kingdom, protective legislative frameworks and policies have been introduced; in Albania, homophobic discourse by politicians has been resolutely condemned by their peers; and in Sweden, sentences have been handed down to punish the authors of hate speech and violent crimes against LGBTs. (more...)

Declaration by the President of the Committee of Ministers

In light of the UK Chairmanship’s priority on combating discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers wishes to endorse the statement of his colleagues Jeremy Browne and Stephen O'Brien on the occasion of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (more...)