Thorbjørn Jagland Condemns Persistent Discrimination Against Gay and Transgender Communities in Europe
CoE Secretary General: “Prejudice and hypocrisy still exist”

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Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe: “Homosexuality has been decriminalised all over Europe, but prejudice and hypocrisy still exist towards LGBT persons in Europe.
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STRASBOURG, December 10, 2011    Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today warned that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Europeans continue to face discrimination in many parts of the continent.

“Homosexuality has been decriminalised all over Europe, but prejudice and hypocrisy still exist towards LGBT persons in Europe,” Mr. Jagland said in a statement to mark International Human Rights Day.

“Recently, discriminatory laws have been proposed or even adopted, in member states such as in Lithuania, Ukraine and in some regions of the Russian Federation.

“This is a violation of basic human rights and a set back to the progress we have achieved in promoting and protecting human dignity,” he said.

“European governments as well as political and moral leaders know that the European Convention on Human Rights does not allow for persecution on the grounds of sexual identity.

“My message on this year’s International Human Rights Day is to always remember this, and to bear in mind that human rights are for all or they are for none.”


Russian LGBT Groups Appeal for Letters to Be Sent To ECHR and UN over ‘Gay Propaganda’ Moves.   The recently formed Kaleidoscope Trust, a London-based international group set up to campaign for diversity and gay rights around the world, has joined-up with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and other organisations to back a campaign by Russian activists to try and halt a proposed law that will outlaw the “promotion of homosexuality” in Russia’s ‘second city’, St. Petersburg.  (UK Gay News, November 28, 2011)










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Posted: 10 December 2011 at 12:00 (UK time)


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