European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

December 2016

 

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No. 256. December 2016. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Asylum

Bias motivated speech

Bias motivated violence

Equality and non-discrimination

Family

Foreign policy

Freedom of assembly

Health

Human rights defenders

Legal gender recognition

Notice board


ILGA-Europe

Turn on the lights – put the spotlight on race and ethnicity in the LGBTI communities

In the days leading up to the International Human Rights Day, ILGA-Europe launched the campaign Turn on the Lights. The campaign is a commitment from ILGA-Europe to putting race and ethnicity within the LGBTI communities centre stage. We want to learn how LGBTI activists can fight racism and discrimination within our own communities. We want turn on the lights on LGBTI people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. We want to learn how LGBTI activists can fight racism and discrimination within our own communities. In the coming months, we commit to reaching out, engaging, and providing a platform for this necessary learning to take place.
Check out the campaign website here

Want to make a change on Human Rights Day? Here’s a place to start…

ILGA-Europe’s statement on the International Human Rights Day 2016: Today, on 10 December, the United Nations encourages us all to ‘stand up for someone’s human rights’.  This year’s theme might sound straight-forward but there is a challenge to all of us contained there. The UN’s message reminds everyone of their responsibility – and ability – to create change.
Read the whole statement here

700 LGBTIQ Activists gathered at the ILGA World Conference

At the conference representatives from ILGA-Europe, TGEU, IGLYO and OIIEurope had a chance to meet the new UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, and present the specific challenges for the European Region. The world conference decided to endorse the request by members from the Central Asian Republics to move their membership from ILGA Asia to ILGA-Europe. This move had already been endorsed by both ILGA-Europe and ILGA Asia.
Read more about the ILGA World Conference here
 

Asylum

Welcome to Stay – Building Trans Communities Inclusive of Trans Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Trans asylum seekers and refugees in Europe face many issues, Transgender Europe’s Trans Asylum Brochure: "Welcome to stay, building trans communities inclusive of trans asylum seekers and refugees in Europe." outlines the most common ones, while offering practical steps for trans organisations wishing to offer support.
Read more here

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Bias motivate speech

Lithuanian Chairperson of Health Affairs Committee: Homosexuality is not a state of being

During an interview for a debate show “Teisė Žinoti”, broadcasted by Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) on 27 November, 2016 Agnė Širinskienė, MP and the newly elected Chairperson for the Committee on Health Affairs, equated homosexual relations to smoking and drug abuse, when listing examples of lifestyle choices detrimental to one‘s health.
Read more on the website of LGL

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Bias motivated violence

Attackers of trans sex worker sentenced in Turkey

In late November, three attackers who violently attacked Kemal Ördek, a trans and sex workers' rights defender and the founding chair of Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association have been convicted of the following crimes: sexual assault, preventing one's liberty, physical attack, threat, insult and theft.
Read more about the sentences here

Warning from NGOs: Poland is dismantling the hate crime policy

The number of reported racist incidents is rising, yet Poland is slowly dismantling its hate crime protection system – alert Polish NGOs in a new report, published on 23 November. The report was submitted by Lambda Warsaw, Association for Legal Intervention and The Diversity Workshop to the UN Human Rights Council.
Read more about the report here

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Equality and non-discrimination

European Parliament adopts Report on the Situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015

On 13 December, the European Parliament adopted the Report on the Situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015 when they gathered in plenary in Strasbourg. The report was initially not making any references to the rights of LGBTI people. Important amendments were tabled, in particular addressing human rights violations faced by trans and intersex people.
Read more about the adoption here

Malta keeps on improving rights for LGBTI people

On 5 December, the Maltese parliament passed a bill which effectively outlaws conversion therapy for LGBT people. Also the parliament amended the already groundbreaking Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act from 2015 to make sure trans people in detention can stay according to their gender identity. Additionally the amendments also lower the age for legal gender recognition from 18 to 16 year old. 
Read more in the media release from Transgender Europe

Poland to withdraw from Istanbul Convention

Worrying news emerged from Poland as the government pushed ahead with its plan to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention – a little over a year after the Convention entered into force in Poland in the first place. This vital Council of Europe convention aims to prevent and combat violence against women. The fact that a European government is willing to turn its face away from gender-based violence sends a disturbing message – telling victims that they are not protected and perpetrators that they can act with impunity.
Read more about this push (only in Polish)

European Implementation Network launched

On 2 December, the European Implementation Network (EIN) was launched in Strasbourg. EIN is a new non-governmental organisation established to serve as a bridge between the Council of Europe and civil society, and to advocate for the full, effective and rapid implementation of judgments.
Read more about the launch here
 

Family

First same-sex couple married in Gibraltar

Equal access to fertility treatment in public health care in Finland after ruling

According to a ruling by the National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal in Finland, assisted reproductive treatment may not be denied in public health care based on the sexual orientation of the client. The ruling shows that existing legal protections provide access to rights.
Read more about the ruling here
 

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Foreign policy

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World


Freedom of assembly

Study visit: Pride events in today’s Europe


Health

Call for participants: Capacity-building seminar on the role of LGBTI organisations to address HIV and STIs

World AIDS Day 2016

TGEU European healthcare training 


Human rights defenders

Remember Jacobus Witbooi


Legal gender recognition

Update from Belgium – legal gender recognition revision continues

On 12 December, ILGA-Europe, together with Belgian NGOs Çavaria and Genres Pluriels, sat down with representatives of the Belgian ministries currently working on a draft law on legal gender recognition. The law is making its way through the remaining legislative steps. The bill will now be sent to the Council of State for their technical legislative advice and verification of constitutional and legal requirements.
Read more about the upcoming law here
 

Notice board

Job opportunity with ILGA World as Development Officer

ILGA World based in Geneva is seeking a Development Officer. The post holder will be responsible for communication between ILGA World and its institutional funders, particularly foundations and government bureaux and is the main grant writer at ILGA World. Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 8 January 2017 (17:00 CET).
Read more about the position here

Job opportunity with Sigrid Rausing Trust as Programme Associate – LGBTI Rights

The Sigrid Rausing Trust based in London is seeking an individual to assist with their grantmaking in the field of LGBTI rights. The programme supports organisations working to enhance the legal standing and social acceptance of LGBTI people. Closing date for receipt of applications: Tuesday 3 January 2017.
Read more about the position here

Job opportunity with European Women’s Lobby as Membership & Governance Coordinator

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is seeking to recruit a Membership and Governance Coordinator to support EWL and its member organisations to work better together through supporting effective governance and supporting member development and networking.
Read more about the position here

New funding opportunity for trans organisations

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a new activist and funder-led initiative. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organise and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing.
Read more about the fund here
 
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