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Robert Biedroń welcomes Turkish Cypriot community’s decision to abolish the criminalization of homosexuality

Robert Biedron (Poland, SOC), General Rapporteur on LGBT issues for the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), has welcomed with satisfaction news that the de facto authorities in the northern part of Cyprus decided on 27 January 2014 to abolish the criminalization of same-sex consensual relations.

“This is an important step towards recognition of the rights of LGBT people in the entire territory of the Council of Europe. I consider this as a sign that the general trend in Europe is toward increased freedom and respect,” he said.