EU votes for UN development strategy to include LGBTI rights

Published: November 26, 2014

Dan Littauer
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On Tuesday the European Parliament voted for a report defining its input into the global future development policy. The report contains strong wording on LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

In 2000 the UN adopted the Millennium Declaration, specifying concrete targets to be reached by 2015: the Millennium Development Goals. The report that was adopted yesterday, defines the Parliament’s priorities after 2015.

According to the European Parliament, development policy should pay particular attention to “the protection and respect of the rights of migrants and minorities, including LGBTI people and people living with HIV.” (par. 28)

Furthermore, the Parliament prioritises “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.” (par. 28, 58)

The report comes at a time of an increase in anti-LGBTI legislation, most recently in Gambia. UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation have warned that such laws worsen public health and hamper development, as it can deter some of those most at risk of infection, among them men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, from testing and treatment out of fear of being deemed a criminal.

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