Recent outbreaks of violence towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities across Eastern Europe are a grave step backwards for equality and human rights a Euro MP warned today.
Green MEP Jean Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights today said the aggressive events shamed Human Rights agreements across the EU and commented; "The spiral of events we have witnessed over the past few weeks leaves a lot of unanswered questions over the EU's anti discrimination policy. We know that at least 80 countries around the world still forbid homosexual acts by law but there is no place for this narrow-mindedness in a modern Europe."
Fascist attacks on Russia's first Gay Pride demonstration and Bucharest's experience of violent homophobia last weekend has fuelled concerns that Saturday's Equality March against homophobia and intolerance in Warsaw will be met with a similar response.
"There is no excuse for the violent reception the LGBT communities in Russia and Romania have received and such homophobic events cannot be seen as acceptable anywhere in the world. The news that the City Authorities in Warsaw have agreed to Saturday's parade is encouraging. I hope that they continue with this agreement and uphold anti-discrimination policies effectively protecting the LGBT community," Jean continued.
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.