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Amnesty: Latvia, Bulgaria fail to protect against hate crimes

A new study by Amnesty International calls on the EU to ensure protection against all forms of hate crime, including attacks on LGBTQ persons.

Among the countries singled out for mention in the report are Bulgaria, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Italy.

“Hate-motivated violence has a particularly damaging and long-term effect on victims. Yet, the EU as well as many of its members do not recognize crimes based on the perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as hate crimes in their legislation. This is unacceptable because sexual orientation and gender identity are protected grounds of discrimination in international human rights law,” said Marco Perolini, Amnesty International’s expert on discrimination in Europe and Central Asia.”

The full text of the report, entitled “Because of who I am: Homophobia, transphobia and hate crimes in Europe” is available here.

(Hat tip: Pink News)

 

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