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Russian anti-gay law – call for action

Russian anti-gay law – call for action

Controversial law signed by President Vladimir Putin banning the promotion of “non-traditional values

You can sign a petition urging leaders around the world and within Russia to work to eliminate all anti-gay laws and protect all citizens from violence and discrimination in Russia.

Alternatively, you can boycott Russian vodka as does the London gay community.

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Statement by the Spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton on LGBTI rights in Russia

Statement by the Spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton on LGBTI rights in Russia

High Representative Catherine Ashton expresses concern over the approval by the Russian Duma of a federal law making the promotion of ‘non-traditional sexual relations among children and minors’ an administrative offence under Russian law.

The High Representative believes that this law could stigmatise particular groups and individuals and lead to discriminatory practices and discourse against them, and is therefore in contradiction with the European Convention on Human Rights. She is concerned, in particular, by the possible impact of the implementation of this law on the activities of LGBTI organisations in Russia, also in the context of the on-going pressure on civil society in the country.

The High Representative calls on Russia to uphold its national and international commitments to non-discrimination, freedom of expression, freedom of association and assembly, in particular in the framework of the Council of Europe, to protect the enjoyment of these rights by all individuals.

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/137541.pdf

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

17 April 2013, New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.(Same-sex civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005.)67059021_gay_marriage_624-02

New Zealand becomes the 13th country to legalise same-sex marriage. Other countries include the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay. French and British lawmakers have also voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage, although the bills have not yet been passed into law. No other country in the Asia-Pacific region allows gay marriage.

Australian members of parliament overwhelmingly voted against a bill that would have legalised same-sex marriages in September. However, some states allow civil unions for same-sex couples. China does not allow gay marriage. However, transsexuals who have undergone surgery are able to marry someone of the opposite sex, provided their new gender is verified by the local public security authorities.

from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22184232

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The European Parliament wants to outlaw homophobic crime and speech in the EU

The European Parliament wants to outlaw homophobic crime and speech in the EU

March 14th, 2013 , the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on strengthening the fight against racism, xenophobia and hate crime. The text calls on the European Commission to add homophobia and transphobia to the list of EU-sanctioned hate speech and violence.

Since a 2008 Framework Decision, the European Union foresees specific, higher penalties for racist and xenophobic speech and crime. These measures are now in force in all 27 Member States and Croatia, due to join the EU on 1st July this year.

The European Parliament has today repeated previous calls to include homophobia and transphobia in the list of grounds covered by the next version of the 2008 Framework Decision, due for review this year.

Today’s resolution was exceptionally authored by all six main political groups, who agreed that ”expressions and acts of anti-Semitism, religious intolerance, anti‑Gypsyism, homophobia and transphobia” should be punished by EU law, something the Parliament had already asked for.

The final text also calls on the Council to unblock the anti-discrimination Directive, blocked by Germany and conservative Member States for the past five years.

Raül Romeva i Rueda MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s LGBT Intergroup, commented: “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face the same type of threats, violence and crimes across the EU. Racist and xenophobic crimes deserve specific punishment, and so do homophobic and transphobic ones: they target an entire group, rather than individuals.”

Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, also Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup, added: “Together with the Commission, we’re waiting for the results of the largest-ever survey on LGBT people’s lives in the EU and Croatia. Once these results are published, it will be up to Viviane Reding to translate them into effective change across EU policies.”

“I’m expecting the survey’s 93,000 respondents will have underlined how much hate they face, encouraged in some countries by political and religious leaders.”

The Fundamental Rights Agency will publish the results of its LGBT survey on 17th May, the International Day Against Homophobia.

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