Activists interrupt Council of Europe conference in Armenia
armenia / caucasus / europe

Activists interrupt Council of Europe conference in Armenia

A group of peaceful activists staged a protest in Yerevan today during a “High Level Conference on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe” organized by the Council of Europe. The conference takes place in the framework of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE). According to the CoE website, the … Continue reading

The Russian threat to human rights in Europe
europe / human rights / latvia / russia

The Russian threat to human rights in Europe

RIGA – Russia poses the biggest threat to human rights in Europe, a top diplomat has said to an assembled group of students on Oct. 10. Niels Muiznieks, the Council for Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, told students in Riga yesterday evening that Russia contributed the most cases of human rights abuses, including Lesbian and … Continue reading

Lithuania drops opposition to EU anti-discrimination directive
baltics / europe / lithuania

Lithuania drops opposition to EU anti-discrimination directive

(Source: 15min.lt, 8 Oct 2013) The Government of Lithuania has accepted a proposal to change its mind and not to object to the European Union’s anti-discrimination directive that Lithuania has opposed for the last three years. The proposal by the Ministry of Social Security and Labor was backed at a Cabinet meeting on Monday. “Based … Continue reading

Polish LGBT activist takes post in Council of Europe
central europe / europe / poland

Polish LGBT activist takes post in Council of Europe

(Source: ILGA-Europe, 4 Oct 2013) Read the interview with Robert Biedroń published on the website of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination unanimously appointed Mr Biedron as General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people at its meeting in Madrid on 17 September 2013. Mr Biedron replaces Mr Håkon … Continue reading

LGBT group protests censorship in Lithuania
baltics / censorship / europe / legislation / lithuania

LGBT group protests censorship in Lithuania

This morning the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) staged a protest against censorship as European officials gathered to attend an informal meeting of the European Union’s Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual Affairs. Lithuania currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of Europe. The LGL expressed its opposition to restrictions on freedom of expression imposed by … Continue reading

EU: Serbian pride ban a “missed opportunity”
balkans / europe / pride / serbia

EU: Serbian pride ban a “missed opportunity”

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle (of the Czech Republic) stated today that by banning Belgrade Pride for the third year in a row, the Serbian government had “missed an opportunity to show respect for fundamental rights.” Fule, the principal EU official responsible for negotiations for Serbia’s accession to the European Union, went on to say … Continue reading

Report: Anti-LGBT attitudes harden in Eastern Europe
baltics / central europe / europe / homophobia / hungary / se europe

Report: Anti-LGBT attitudes harden in Eastern Europe

Demos, “Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank,” this week released a report on the current state of democratic values in Europe. The report, entitled “Backsliders,” found significant deterioration in core democratic indicators in many parts of Europe, largely due to the financial crisis of the previous decade. According to the report, the last decade has seen a … Continue reading