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Procedure : 2005/2666(RSP)
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Document selected : B6-0040/2006

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PV 16/01/2006 - 14
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0025/2006
11 January 2006
PE 368.263v01-00
to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Sophia in 't Veld
on behalf of the ALDE Group
on homophobia in Europe

European Parliament resolution on homophobia in Europe 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to international and European human rights obligations, such as those contained in the UN conventions on human rights and in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,

–  having regard to European Union provisions on human rights, and in particular the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, as well as Articles 6 and 7 of the EU Treaty,

–  having regard to Article 13 of the EC Treaty entrusting the EU with the power to adopt norms aimed at fighting discrimination based on, inter alia, sexual orientation, and to promote the principle of equality,

–  having regard to Directive 2000/43/EC and Directive 2000/78/EC prohibiting direct or indirect discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas homophobia can be defined as an irrational fear of and aversion to homosexuality and GLBT people based on prejudice, similar to racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, etc.,

B.  whereas homophobia manifests itself in the private and public spheres in different forms such as hate speech and incitement to discrimination, ridiculing, verbal, psychological and physical violence, as well as persecution and murder, discrimination in violation of the principle of equality, unjustified and unreasonable limitations of rights often based on grounds of reasons of public order, religious freedom and the right to conscientious objection,

C.  whereas a series of worrying events have taken place recently in a number of EU Member States, as widely reported by the press and NGOs, that have ranged from the banning of gay pride or equality marches to use of inflammatory/hate/menacing language by leading political and religious leaders, police failing to provide adequate protection or even breaking up peaceful demonstrations, violent demonstrations by homophobic groups, and the introduction of changes in Constitutions to explicitly impede same-sex unions,

D.  whereas at the same time a positive, democratic and tolerant reaction has emerged in some cases from the population that has demonstrated against homophobia, as well as from the judicial systems redressing the most striking and illegal discrimination,

E.  whereas not all EU Member States have introduced in their legal order measures to protect the rights of GLBT people, as required by Directive 2000/43/EC and Directive 2000/78/EC, nor are they all fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and promoting equality,

F.  whereas further action is needed at EU level as well as in the Member States to eradicate homophobia and promote a culture of freedom, tolerance and equality among their citizens and in their legal order,

1.  Urges Member States and the Commission to step up the fight against homophobia, through educational means – such as campaigns against homophobia in schools, universities and in the media - as well as through administrative, judicial and legislative means;

2.  Urges Member States and the Commission to firmly condemn homophobic hate speech or incitement to hatred and violence, and to ensure that freedom of demonstration – guaranteed by all human rights treaties - is effectively respected;

3.  Calls on the Commission to ensure that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all sectors is prohibited, by completing the anti-discrimination package based on Article 13, either by proposing new directives or by proposing a general framework, to cover all grounds of discrimination and all sectors;

4.  Reiterates its position with regard to 'Year 2007 - Equality for All' that the Commission must ensure that all the forms of discrimination referred to in Article 13 of the Treaty and Article 2 of the Decision establishing the Year are addressed and dealt with equally, as mentioned in the European Parliament's report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and the Council on the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) - Towards a Just Society, and reminds the Commission of its promise to closely monitor this matter and to report to Parliament;

5.  Urges the Commission to ensure that all Member States have transposed and are correctly implementing Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation, and to start infringement proceedings against those Member States that fail to do so;

6.  Calls on all Member States to take any other action they deem most appropriate in the fight against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, and to promote and implement the principle of equality in their society and legal order;

7.  Welcomes steps taken in several Member States recently to improve the position of LGBT people and decides to organise a seminar for the exchange of good practice on 17 May (International Day against Homophobia);

8.  Reiterates its request that the Commission put forward proposals guaranteeing freedom of movement for Union citizens and their family members and registered partners of either gender, as mentioned in Parliament's resolution of 14 October 2004 on the future of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice;

9.  Calls on the Member States concerned to finally recognise homosexuals as targets and victims of the Nazi regime;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and the governments of the Member States and applicant countries.

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