Nils Muižnieks warns against Europe’s LGBTI backlash

A backlash against lesbians, gays, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people is taking place across Europe, as their visibility increases, according to Nils Muižnieks.

The Commissioner for Human Rights warns today that LGBTI people remain victims of “discrimination, intimidation and persecution.”

In a ‘Comment’ article entitled ‘The long march against homophobia and transphobia,’ published today, the commissioner writes: “While LGBTI persons enjoy greater protection in many European countries than ever before, they still struggle to enjoy basic freedoms and rights in environments where homophobia and transphobia are widespread,”

“The situation is exacerbated when intolerant attitudes among the population seem to receive official sanction.

“The human rights compliant approach would be to enact explicit prohibitions against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and to take effective action to identify, investigate and punish hate crimes and hate speech.

“Instead, we have seen some cases where laws actually restrict the rights to freedom of expression and assembly of LGBT persons.”

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