Fight discrimination against LGBTs, Jagland tells Europe

The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has called on Member States to fight discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

In a message to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), Mr. Jagland said: “Hate crime motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity is a violation of basic human rights. Europeans must safeguard the right to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly.”

He pointed out that some Member States “still lack laws to explicitly or implicitly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Mr. Jagland encouraged those countries “to work with the Council of Europe to make progress so that Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender persons can fully enjoy their human rights.”

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