France: Court rejects lesbian couple joint parent recognition human rights challenge

Lesbian mothers of two children, born through medically assisted reproduction, who wanted to be legally recognised as jointly-responsible parents, have lost their human rights battle against France.

France: Court set for judgement in PACS couple’s lesbian parent paternity leave complaint

The case concerns the fact that it was impossible for a lesbian woman (Ms Lucas) to obtain paternity leave following the birth of her partner’s child. Ms Hallier and Ms Lucas have lived together as a couple for many years and have entered into a civil partnership (PACS).

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 the Commissioner for Human Rights.

Turkey: Nils Muižnieks concerned by third consecutive Istanbul Pride ban

Human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks has expressed his concern at the third consecutive ban on the annual Pride march in Istanbul.

Court ruling on Russia “gay propaganda law”

The case concerned a complaint brought by three gay rights activists about legislation in Russia banning the promotion of homosexuality, also known as the “gay propaganda law.”