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EU Parliament supports the Day against Homophobia

in BELGIUM, 17/05/2005

It remains our duty, as an enlarged European Union, to continue the struggle against the moral discrimination and physical violence related to sexual orientation

“The European Parliament has always fought for equality and the defence of human rights and supports the campaign against homophobia in the context of the wider struggle for the defence of human rights, which is one of the fundamental values of the European Union" said Mr Josep Borrell Fontelles, President of the European Parliament, in occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia.

"It remains our duty, as an enlarged European Union, to continue the struggle against the moral discrimination and physical violence related to sexual orientation. Such injustices must be overcome in all countries by all means.”

Patricia Prendiville, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, said: “We support the initiative for an International Day against Homophobia and call for wider international recognition of the fact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world still suffer from unjust and cruel discrimination, hatred, violence and torture just because of who they are.

The international community needs to acknowledge and recognise the seriousness of this issue and work together to eliminate all forms of injustice and discrimination against LGBT people. I hope that Europe will continue to be on a font line of this process by bringing LGBT issues to the attention of a wider international community and international organisations.”
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