Croatia: Muižnieks warns against LGBT discrimination

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Human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks has urged Croatia to avoid any action that may discriminate against the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

In an interview with Reuters television, Muižnieks responded to a proposal to enshrine in Croatia’s constitution the principle that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.

The Commissioner for Human Rights stated: “The European Court of Human Rights gives a pretty wide margin of manoeuvre to member states, regarding the same sex marriages and partners, so there is not a common standard across Europe on this.

“I was heartened by the recent statements of the Pope signalling a more inclusive approach to LGBT persons, and I hope that the Croatian authorities would not take any steps that would be or be seen to be discriminatory against LGBT activists as I hope that all the countries in the region would move forward on this issue.”

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