PACE is to set up a new parliamentary platform to promote the rights of LGBTI people in Europe, bringing together MPs from as many as possible of the 46 national parliaments represented in the Assembly.
The new platform will see parliamentarians promoting full and effective equality for LGBTI people throughout the continent, according to its terms of reference, pressing for change and working together on a wide range of activities to engage governments, inspire new laws and raise awareness.
The platform, to be headed by the Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), follows the successful model of others already organised by PACE, on combating violence against women, on building a Europe without hate and on encouraging a healthy environment.
The platform’s creation follows an Assembly resolution in January which condemned the recent rise in stigmatising, dehumanising attacks against LGBTI people and the recent backsliding in LGBTI rights seen in some countries.
National delegations will now be invited to appoint members to the Platform, so that it can commence its work rapidly.