On the eve of the International day against homophobia, Guy Verhofstadt commits to concrete actions in ensuring LGBTI people's human rights are protected and upheld.
"Physical violence, hate speech and discrimination because of people's sexual orientation unfortunately remain a daily pain for too many men and women in Europe and around the world. We cannot tolerate any form of homophobia or transphobia and should never remain silent when human rights are under threat"
"The European Union is based on the universal principles of human rights and must act to fight homophobia and transphobia around the world. But we must also take a look at what is happening in our own backyard, and admit that the situation remains unsatisfactory. The latest statistics at EU level shows that the situation of LGBTI rights in Europe remains average and we should not accept it."
"More than words, today we need action. My plan for Europe has a clear focus on the protection of civil liberties and I want to see a modern EU anti-discrimination law adopted during the next Commission term. Two additional concrete actions should also be taken by the next President of the European Commission and I commit them: an EU Roadmap against homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and an extended EU legislation against hate crime."
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