Media releases

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16/12/2014

Russia: Shrinking the space and increasing the stigma

ILGA-Europe is very dismayed to learn that one of its member organisations has become the first LGBTI group to be listed as a so-called ‘foreign agent’ under Russia’s notorious legislation. Rakurs, an Archangelsk-based organisation dedicated to LGBTI rights, was recognised as a ‘foreign agent’ by the Russian Ministry of Justice on Monday (15 December 2014).

02/12/2014

Sexual orientation and refugee status – CJEU steps in to protect the rights of asylum seekers

A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union which insists on respect for the dignity and private lives of asylum seekers is a welcome development according to ILGA-Europe.

06/11/2014

EU equal treatment law: we’ve been waiting too long!

As high-level EU Member States’ representatives meet today to discuss how to make equality a reality for all, equality and anti-discrimination organisations call on them to show a real commitment to equality by finally adopting an EU law on equal treatment.

28/10/2014

First ever LGBTI human rights conference at the Council of the European Union

ILGA-Europe welcomes the first ever high level conference addressing the issues of LGBTI people’s human rights hosted today at the Council of the European Union, the highest decision making institution of the European Union.

19/10/2014

Today is the International Action Day for Trans Depathologisation

ILGA-Europe welcomes the proposal by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to remove the notion of "gender identity disorder" from the International Classification of Diseases.

02/10/2014

LGBTI children have the right to safety and equality

ILGA-Europe welcomes Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner comment on LGBTI children’s right to safety and equality

01/10/2014

Media accreditation opens for ILGA-Europe’s 18th Annual Conference in Rīga

Our Annual Conference is the largest event on LGBTI political agenda in Europe and this year will bring together almost 350 human rights activists and decision makers from 48 countries.

(in English & latviešu valodā)

10/09/2014

ILGA-Europe welcomes high prominence of fundamental rights in new European Commission

Today Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has announced the composition of the new European Commission.

22/07/2014

Self-declaration of sexual orientation must be starting point when verifying credibility of LGB asylum cases

On 17 July 2014, the Advocate General Sharpston of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an opinion on how asylum authorities should act when verify the sexual orientation of an asylum seeker, and how such assessments comply with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

17/07/2014

Permanent exclusion of men having sex with men from blood donation is not justifiable, says Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Today Advocate General Mengozzi of the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its Opinion in the case of Geoffrey Léger v Ministre des affaires sociales et de la santé and Établissement français du sang and said that a sexual relationship between two men does not in itself constitute conduct that justifies permanent exclusion from giving blood.

17/07/2014

European Court of Human Rights fails to preserve trans woman’s marriage

On 16 July 2014, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Hämäläinen v. Finland. It ruled that Finland did not violate the human rights of a trans woman by requiring that her marriage be downgraded to a registered partnership in order for her to obtain her legal gender recognition.

07/07/2014

ILGA-Europe is concerned with the cancellation of Kyiv Pride due to police failure to ensure protection

This year’s Kyiv Pride, scheduled for 5 July, was cancelled after the Ukrainian police claimed they would not be able to protect the Pride participants because of expected counter protests. Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, stated that now is not the right time for ‘entertainment’ events such as Pride.

11/06/2014

Denmark becomes the first European country to allow legal change of gender without clinical diagnosis

Today the Danish parliamentarians passed a law which removes a number of obstacles for legal gender recognition. Denmark is now the first country in Europe where a requirement for ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ diagnosis or any psychological assessment/opinion is not necessary for a person to legally obtain their preferred gender.

05/06/2014

ILGA-Europe condemns discriminatory constitutional amendment in Slovakia

On 4 May 2014, the Slovak Parliament adopted a constitutional amendment which now defines marriage as a “unique bond between a man and a woman”. 102 parliamentarians supported the amendments and only 18 votes against.

31/05/2014

LGBT History being made in Cyprus

The first Pride March in Cyprus will take place today.

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