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Include Sexual Orientation in the Cotonou Agreement

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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.

 

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


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