Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

16th January 2006


Green MEP Urges EU To Re-Assert Commitment To Anti Discrimination

Green Euro MP, Jean Lambert, today urged the EU to reassert its commitment to anti-discrimination as a debate on a common resolution to tackle homophobia across Europe took place in the European Parliament.

Jean, who is a member of European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian rights said: "Many EU Governments are failing to fully adhere to anti-discrimination legislation and its time that this changed. This is an important moment for the EU to reassert its commitment to anti-discrimination. and ensure that everyone is given the rights they deserve. Everyone is equal regardless of their sexuality, gender or race. If we are serious about justice then we need to ensure Europe does not see homophobic acts as acceptable.

"We have seen that some politicians and EU Countries are willing to express homophobic views which is extremely worrying for all. There is absolutely no excuse for a modern Europe to make allowance's for those countries allowing discrimination and homophobic behaviour and we need to take a stand against this now."

ENDS

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Notes to editors:
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.