EU states endorse charter for LGBT human rightsby Alessandra Agapiti - 2013.06.26
The 27 foreign ministers of the EU member states yesterday pledged to promote four priorities to protect people in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community: to eliminate laws, policies and discriminatory practices; to condemn the criminalization of homosexual relations; to discourage discrimination at school and at work; and to promote human rights. With a 20-page document, the ministers updated and made binding the guidelines adopted in 2010 by the European Council. The text specifies that the EU will no longer tolerate the use of sexual orientation and gender identity to justify gross violations of human rights. In collaboration with EU delegations around the world, the European parliament will monitor the implementation of these guidelines from as early as next Autumn.
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