Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Protection of LGBT Rights important to EU

By: Gina Fazio

The European Parliment has said that candidate states to the EU; Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia will have to prove to the EU that they are "protectors of LGBT Rights" to gain entrance to the EU. Croatia in particular was singled out in 2009 for its ban on Zagreb Pride and failure to legislate anti-discrimination laws.

The EU affirms that the anti-discrimination laws must already be in place in candidate countries as a part of Article 19 of the EU that states all minorities must be protected including sexual orientation.

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