“We cannot escape a truth, dear colleagues: a backlash is going on in Europe. Populists and enemies of human rights and democracy are making use of those who are most vulnerable,” Max Lucks (Germany, SOC) said today, opening a current affairs debate on Threatened bans of Pride events in Council of Europe member States.
"That is why I welcome the fact that the Committee of Ministers is now renewing its unique recommendations from 2010 on human rights of LGBTI persons. This is an opportunity to sharpen ECRI monitoring and improve co-operation with member states. Hate laws, hate rhetoric, water cannons and bans on Prides - this is everyday life in Europe," he added.
Thirteen speakers took the floor during the debate.