Friday, 20 September 2013 22:24

Amnesty International's Report On Homophobia And Transphobia In Europe

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A report on homophobia and transphobia in European Union, "Because of who I am: Homophobia, Transphobia and Hate Crime in Europe", has just been released by Amnesty International.

We notably learned that there are still many countries which do not sufficiently protect the LGBTQ community.

Amnesty International lists for example Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Latvia as countries which can do better in term of protections and wishes that they bring improvements.

"Currently, there are gaps in legislation in many EU countries, while investigations and prosecutions of crimes with a hate motive are often flawed. There is little support for victims, who in turn may be unwilling to report the crimes to the police," can we read in the report.

It also says that "because of discrimination, prejudice and violence, many people in Europe continue to hide their sexual orientation and gender identity, including from colleagues, friends, schoolmates and family members."