MEPs to Macedonian MPs: speed up adoption of anti-discrimination law
Macedonia has been working on a draft law on protection against discrimination since May 2018, but its progress is now slowing down. Recent statements by the Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia that LGBTI people are a “disputed category” in the new draft law are casting doubt on whether this law will be adopted while remaining inclusive of LGBTI people.
Members of the LGBTI Intergroup wrote to members of the Macedonian Parliament.
TO: Talat Xhaferi, President of the North Macedonian Parliament; Vladimir Gjorchev, Chairperson of the Committee for Labour and Social Policy; Vesna Pemova, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for Labour and Social Policy
CC: Members & Deputy Members of the Committee for Labour and Social Policy
Concerns: anti-discrimination law
Brussels, 21 February 2019
Honourable President of the Parliament,
Honourable Chairman of the Committee for Labour and Social Policy,
Honourable Members of the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia,
In the past years, we have closely followed North Macedonia’s progress in protecting the rights of LGBTI people and the many steps taken in that direction. We were pleased to hear a law on prevention and protection against discrimination inclusive of LGBTI people was drafted in May 2018, and approved by the Venice Commission and in line with EU accession standards.
We are concerned about recent statements by the Deputy Prime Minister that LGBTI people are a “disputed category” in the new draft law on protection against discrimination, casting doubt on whether this law will be adopted while remaining inclusive of LGBTI people.
All citizens deserve to have their human rights protected, and LGBTI people are no exception. International organisations, as well as the Council of Europe and the European Union all agree on this matter. Effective legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is key to protecting LGBTI people against violence and discrimination, but also ensuring their full inclusion in society like any other citizens.
In view of the above, we urge you to support the adoption of this law as soon as possible.
On behalf of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights,
Daniele Viotti MEP
Terry Reintke MEP
Malin Bjork MEP
Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP
Sophie in’t Veld MEP
Jean Lambert MEP
Julie Ward MEP
Dimitrios Papadimoulis MEP
David Martin MEP
Ana Gomes MEP
Monika Vana MEP
Virginie Rozière MEP
Bart Staes MEP
Ernest Urtasun MEP
Fredrick Federley MEP
Soraya Post MEP
Theresa Griffin MEP
Jose Inacio Faria MEP
Brando Benifei MEP
Hilde Vautmans MEP
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
Martina Anderson MEP
Lynn Boylan MEP
Matt Carty MEP
Liadh Ni Riada MEP