Monday, 24 June 2013

EU Ground-breaking LGBTI Policy

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU, at today's Foreign Affairs Council
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU

Today the EU’s 27 foreign affairs ministers adopted a ground-breaking global policy. The LGBTI Guidelines instruct EU diplomats around the globe to defend the human rights of LGBTI people.

The Council of the European Union*, the body that represents the 27 national governments in the EU, had already adopted a non-binding toolkit to promote LGBT people’s human rights in June 2010...
The Guidelines will be binding. The EU’s diplomatic efforts will revolve around four priorities:
  1. Eliminate discriminatory laws and policies, including the death penalty
  2. Promote equality and non-discrimination at work, in healthcare and in education
  3. Combat state or individual violence against LGBTI persons
  4. Support and protect human rights defenders

Excellent news.

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