|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:
- Eliminate discriminatory laws and policies, including the death penalty
- Promote equality and non-discrimination at work, in healthcare and in education
- Combat state or individual violence against LGBTI persons
- Support and protect human rights defenders