Include Sexual Orientation in the Cotonou Agreement
  • Petitioned Maciej Popowski

This petition was delivered to:

Head of Cabinet of the European Parliament
Maciej Popowski
Commissioner designate for Development
Andris Piebalgs
Personal Assistant to the Commissioner
Heleen Averink
Personal Assistant to the Commissioner
Laila Bernere
Assistant to Head of Cabinet of the European Parliament
Maja Urbanska
The President of the European Parliament
Jerzy Buzek

Include Sexual Orientation in the Cotonou Agreement

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      African Activist

Sexual orientation was excluded from the second revision of the Cotonou Agreement in violation of the European Parliament's directive. The Cotonou Agreement delineates political and trade relations between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and includes human rights requirements.

Out of 79 ACP states, 49 criminalise homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail, and up to 5 punish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with death.

European Commissioner Andris Piebalgs previously intended to include non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the new terms (as demanded by the European Parliament), but finally agreed to conclude a deal with ACP states that does not mention the human rights of LGBT people, despite blatant increases in state-supported violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the ACP region.

 

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