Plenary summary: MEPs urge Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at United Nations

In theĀ mini-plenary which took place in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, MEPs called forĀ recognition of the effects of civil status documentsĀ in the whole EU and protestedĀ against increased criminalisation of LGBT people in Africa, on which we reported yesterday.World flags

Furthermore, the Parliament recommendedĀ the EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at the United Nations General Assembly.

LGBTI rights at United Nations General Assembly

In a recommendationĀ adopted yesterday, the European Parliament calls onĀ EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI rights at the United Nations General Assembly, which will conveneĀ Ā in September 2014.

TheĀ Parliament expresses concernĀ over ā€œthe recent increase in discriminatory laws and practices, and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.ā€

The recommendation further calls for close monitoring of the situation in Nigeria and Uganda, where severe anti-LGBT laws were adopted recently.

On Wednesday, MEPs already staged a highly unusualĀ action in plenary, callingĀ on the EU/Africa Summit to end LGBT hate, on which we reportedĀ yesterday.