Protection of LGBTIQ+ human rights in Europe

At the moment the acceptance of LGBTIQ+ people seems to be taking a step back and at the same time the group that does not accept equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people is getting louder in all European countries.

At the same time, 32 European countries signed a joint declaration for the protection of LGBTIQ+ human rights at the European IDAHOT+ Forum in The Hague in May 2024. By signing this declaration, the countries commit to various objectives in the field of LGBTIQ+ policies, which they can be held accountable for by the LGBTIQ+ community, national parliaments, international organizations and NGOs. Compared to last year, five new countries have signed: Poland, Albania, Spain, Montenegro and Ukraine.

The statement comes at a time of growing concern about the human rights of LGBTIQ+ people. LGBTIQ+ people face violence, harassment and harassment in the European Union more than ever before, the European Human Rights Agency (FRA) recently. With this signing, 32 countries are giving a strong, joint response to the growing resistance to equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people within Europe. The signatories also commit to further develop and implement inclusive policies for LGBTIQ+ people to combat discrimination and violence against LGBTIQ+ people.

Joint approach
The declaration also sets out for the first time a joint approach with European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the European Union, to develop a coordinated plan for protecting the human rights of LGBTIQ+ people. This collaboration highlights the growing awareness among European member states that protecting this group requires a concerted effort to be effective. It marks an important step forward in the recognition of LGBTIQ+ rights as a priority for Europe.