Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000039/2017

Texts tabled :

O-000039/2017 (B8-0219/2017)

Debates :

PV 16/05/2017 - 13
CRE 16/05/2017 - 13

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Parliamentary questions
8 May 2017
O-000039/2017
Question for oral answer
to the Commission (Vice-President / High Representative)
Rule 128
Soraya Post, Tanja Fajon, Elena Valenciano, Knut Fleckenstein, Pier Antonio Panzeri, on behalf of the S&D Group
Ulrike Lunacek, Rebecca Harms, Heidi Hautala, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
Dennis de Jong, Malin Björk, Eleonora Forenza, Marisa Matias, Helmut Scholz, Stefan Eck, Cornelia Ernst, Merja Kyllönen, Rina Ronja Kari, Marina Albiol Guzmán, Gabriele Zimmer, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
Marietje Schaake, on behalf of the ALDE Group
Ian Duncan, on behalf of the ECR Group

 Subject: VP/HR - Implementation of the Council's LGBTI Guidelines, particularly in relation to the persecution of (perceived) homosexual men in Chechnya, Russia
 Answer 

The EU LGBTI Guidelines prescribe a pro-active approach for EU Delegations, and for the national embassies of the Member States, with regard to the promotion of LGBTI rights.

Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper, recently reported that at least 100 men have been detained in Chechnya, Russia, on suspicion of being gay, and have suffered severe torture and humiliation in unofficial prisons. At least three men have been reported killed. Many remain detained in prisons where they face torture and inhumane treatment in horrific conditions. Regional authorities have denied these allegations, and have responded by inciting further hatred against (perceived) homosexuals. National Russian authorities continue to ignore these facts.

Recently, the legal situation, and/or the lived reality, of LGBTI people has worsened considerably in a number of other countries as well, including Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt, Chad and Indonesia.

What action has the EEAS taken in the specific case of Chechnya, and have LGBTI organisations been consulted in the process? Has the EEAS raised this matter with the relevant Russian authorities in order to ensure legal and physical protection for the victims, as well as for the human rights defenders and journalists who have drawn attention to this issue?

What is the EEAS doing to ensure that the Council’s LGBTI Guidelines are applied coherently and consistently across different countries?

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