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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

New FRA Report on discrimination of Lesbian, Gay

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 marzo 2009

Brussels 31 March at 10 a.m. room “Anna Politkovskaya” at the European Parliament will take place The press conference Speakers : Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Giusto Catania, Vice-Chairperson of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of Department “Equality and Citizen’s Rights” at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) will launch its new report “Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States” together with the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, The report finds that discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT persons are widespread throughout the EU, and gives numerous examples of bad and good practices, as well as suggestions on what could be done.   In June 2007, the European Parliament asked the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to develop a comparative report on homophobia and sexual orientation discrimination in the EU Member States, to assist the European Parliament’s LIBE committee in its deliberations concerning the need for a Directive covering all grounds of discrimination, as proposed by the European Commission last July. The vote on this directive will take place in Parliament on thursday in plenary.

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