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posted 13 January 2006 02:32 PM      Profile for kuri   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The European Parliament is calling for tough action against EU member states that fail to uphold the human rights of homosexuals.

MEPs from all the main political groups have tabled resolutions condemning moves by several EU countries, including Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, which they believe stigmatise gays and lesbians.


Excellent intentions, but I'm usually vary of any government statement that promises "action" without any reference to specifics. It's really unfortunate that cracking down on homophobia wasn't a requirement of enlargement. They can still stall the full benefits of membership to new entrants that deny human rights, but it's much more difficult crack down without the ability to completely deny membership as a threat.

But, again, this further affirms my stance that the most progressive side of the EU is its Parliament. Strengthening European parliamentarianism should go the furthest towards strengthening the best goals of the European project: peace, security and justice rather than the worst (economic liberalization).

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