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The 15th Annual Conference of ILGA-Europe begins on 27 October 2011 in Turin, Italy. It is the largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) activists in Europe. 343 delegates from 43 European countries will take part in the Conference.

26 October 2011

Joint statement by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Homofobiye Karşı İnisiyatif (Initiative Against Homophobia)

21 October 2011

On 27-30 October 2011, ILGA-Europe holds its 15th Annual Conference in Turin. The title of this conference is Human Rights and "Traditional Values": clash or dialogue?

17 October 2011

On 12 October 2011, the European Commission issued its annual Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports on EU accession and pre-accession countries.

17 October 2011

The Belgrade Pride 2011 march, which was planned to take place on Sunday 2 October, has been banned by the Serbian National Security Council according the news website B92.

30 September 2011

Today, the Council of Europe launches its social-legal report on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is the first ever report covering all 47 member states of the Council of Europe on a range of human rights issues that are pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

23 June 2011

On the eve of World Refugee Day, which is marked on 20 June, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is taking charge of supporting the asylum processes of the EU.

18 June 2011

On 11 June 2011, two very different Pride events took pace in Europe: the very first pride event in Split (Croatia) and EuroPride in Rome.

14 June 2011

On 11 June, EuroPride 2011 will culminate with a Pride March through the central streets of Rome. ILGA-Europe will be participating to show its supports to this March.

11 June 2011

On 18 May 2011, the European Commission proposed a package of legislative measures to strengthen victims’ rights in the European Union.

20 May 2011

17 May – the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia: Europe is divided and far from full legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people

16 May 2011

Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. This year ILGA-Europe highlights the issues of same-sex families and the legal obstacles that they face due to the lack of legal recognition in Europe.

16 May 2011

On 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), Viviane Reding, the Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, meet with ILGA-Europe’s secretariat and representatives of ILGA-Europe memberships and LGBTI communities.

16 May 2011

On 10 May 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgement in the case of Jürgen Römer v Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg which dealt with the issue of whether lower supplementary retirement pension for registered same-sex partners compared to married partners constituted unequal treatment.

12 May 2011

Next Monday, 18 April 2011, the Hungarian parliamentarians will have their final vote on the proposal for a new Constitution of Hungary.

14 April 2011

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe announced yesterday that it adopted a new convention to protect women from violence on 6 April 2011.

8 April 2011

Today the European Parliament voted in favour of a report which contains a number of measures strengthening the applications from individuals claiming asylum in the European Union due to persecutions because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

6 April 2011

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination when the issues of racial discrimination and xenophobia are highlighted. ILGA-Europe fully supports the efforts towards eliminating all forms of discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity and religion and tackling prejudices towards ethnic and religious minorities.

21 March 2011

Currently the Moldovan Parliament is debating an anti-discrimination law which in its current form provides protection against discrimination on various grounds, including sexual orientation. The draft law was approved by the Moldovan government and is now in the hands of parliamentarians.

17 March 2011

Today the European Commission launched a communication proposing two regulations dealing with property rights for bi-national married and registered couples.

16 March 2011