LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Media Release

Poland: International institutions must protect LGBTI citizens and ensure the immediate release of activists

Poland, 7 August 2020

After nearly 2 years of mounting pressure, things came to a boiling point yesterday, August 7, in Warsaw. A spontaneous protest related to the “preventative detention” of an LGBTI activist, Margot Szutowicz, resulted in over 50 arrests and extensive police brutality last night. More protests, and more arrests, are expected today as the repression of LGBTI people goes unabated.

ILGA-Europe, TGEU and Transvanilla welcome landmark judgement from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recognising the right of refugees to legal gender recognition

Courtroom European Court of Human Rights

In the judgement Rana v. Hungary delivered today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that Hungary had breached its obligation to protect the right to private life under Article 8 of the Convention by rejecting the application of an Iranian transgender refugee to have his name and sex marker changed officially.

ILGA-Europe welcomes judgement from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) saying that a homophobic statement on an Italian radio show constituted discrimination in employment.

The CJEU held that statements made by a lawyer during a radio programme, saying he would never recruit a “homosexual” or wish to use the services of such persons, fall within the material scope of EU Directive 2000/78 (‘the anti-discrimination directive’).

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