The European Union (EU) condemns discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, that is persons with sexual characteristics that do not fit in the binary representation of male and female bodies. This is stated in the statement of the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini, made on the occasion of the International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, which is celebrated on may 17.
“In connection with the International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia the EU reiterates its firm commitment to equality and dignity of all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity,” – said in a statement the head of EU diplomacy.
“Despite recent progress, nearly 80 jurisdictions still criminalizing same-sex relationships, she said. – In many places discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex – an everyday occurrence”.
The EU has again appealed to governments worldwide urging them to respect international obligations in the field of human rights, to abandon intolerance and to promote equality protected by the universal Declaration of human rights.
Mogherini noted that the EU has funded worldwide projects to strengthen the social status of LGBT organizations, fostering dialogue with the authorities about changing the laws the fight against homophobia and to protect LGBT people from violence.
On Tuesday at session of the European Parliament discussed, in particular the theme of violence against gays in Chechnya. In addition, three French LGBT organization Stop Homophobie, Mousse and Comité Idaho France filed a complaint to the international criminal court against the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
24 APR Mogherini after talks with Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has demanded from Russia to protect LGBT rights in Chechnya, and Lavrov was asked to present actual proof of the violations of the rights of the Chechen gay, “before you make such harsh condemnations”.
“Novaya Gazeta” in early April, reported about the killings and mass arrests of homosexuals in Chechnya, and then published the testimonies of people who were allegedly kept in a secret prison for gays in the Chechen town of Argun.
The publication caused a great public outcry, responded in the Kremlin. 5 may the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova promised to connect the Prosecutor General and the interior Ministry to deal with the violation of gay rights in the North Caucasus.