Homophobia, transphobia, biphobia... Human rights still under threat

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2016, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination adopted the following statement:

“Transgender people stabbed in the street or attacked in their homes; gay pride events banned or inadequately protected by the police; posters threatening death to LGBT persons plastered in the streets; the closure of hotlines and websites providing assistance to young LGBT people; ineffective police investigations into homophobic or transphobic attacks. This is happening in Europe, and these rights violations are happening today.

While genuine progress has been made over the last few decades in combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, for many LGBT people, heinous attacks, prejudice and discrimination are still part of their everyday life.

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2016, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination renews its commitment to combat discrimination in all its forms and calls on parliamentarians and other officials to:

- Systematically condemn all attacks against individuals or groups based on sexual orientation or gender identity;

- Put to an end to the climate of impunity that encourages hostility and further abuses;

- Guarantee the freedom of expression and the right of assembly of LGBT people;

- Allow civil society organisations to act on behalf of those who are stigmatised or discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity;

- Implement the recommendations contained in Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 2048 (2015) on Discrimination against transgender people in Europe.
It furthermore calls on all States, and especially all States having observer or partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to decriminalise homosexuality wherever this has not already been done.”