Human Rights : Parliament Renews Call to Fight Homophobia
In the context of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the European Parliament has condemned laws or draft legislation in certain European countries - such as Lithuania, Hungary and Latvia - which criminalise - or plan to do so - public debate about homosexuality. The MEPs, who met in plenary session on 24 May, "urged" the member states and the European Commission to "firmly condemn homophobic hate speech or incitement to hatred and violence, and to ensure that freedom of demonstration - as guaranteed by all human rights treaties - is respected in practice".
"With this resolution, the European Parliament clearly condemns any discrimination, hate speech or incitement to violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity," said Helene Flautre (Greens-EFA, France).
Parliament reiterates its call on the Commission to produce "a comprehensive road map for equality without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity". It also "calls on the Commission to review the framework decision on racism and xenophobia with a view to strengthening and enlarging its scope to include hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression". The resolution, jointly penned by the EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens-EFA and GUE-NGL groups, goes on to call on the Commission and the member states to ensure that Directive 2004/38/EC on free movement "is implemented without any discrimination based on sexual orientation, and calls on the Commission to propose measures to mutually recognise the effects of civil status documents on the basis of the principle of mutual recognition". …