19/06/2012 | Writer: Heber Tito Galvez

The new EU Special representative for Human Rights to be appointed on June 25th with the promotion of LGBT rights worldwide being a priority under direct recommendation from the European Parliament

The new EU Special representative for Human Rights to be appointed on June 25th with the promotion of LGBT rights worldwide being a priority under direct recommendation from the European Parliament

 
On June 25th, the EU Foreign Affairs Council should appoint the new Special Representative for Human Rights in its meeting in Brussels.
 
The Representative will act on behalf of the European Unions globally in matters of human rights and report directly to Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
 
In a resolution passed on June 13th, the European Parliament asks the Foreign Affairs Council to grant the Special Representative “a strong, independent and flexible mandate”, including “gender issues, and the fight against discrimination in all its forms, whether based on disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity”.
 
The Parliament also recommends that the mandate be based on the principles guiding the EU’s human rights policy, including the Toolkit to Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
 
“The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still violated across the world and the EU has never spoken out more strongly on these issues”, Ultrike Lunacek -co-President of the LGBT intergroup- stated.
 
Source: PinkNews©

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