LGBT Equality: Why in the future and not as of today? The Legal Regulation of Same-Sex Relationships
12.09.2011 The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus, in co-operation with the ACCEPT association on LGBT rights in Cyprus, organises a public discussion on the subject: LGBT Equality: Why in the future and not as of today? The Legal Regulation of Same-Sex Relationships. The event will take place on Wednesday, 14 September 2011, at 19:00-21:00, at the EU House, 30 Byron Avenue, Nicosia.
According to research carried out by ILGA (International LGBT Association) in May 2011, Cyprus is the fourth less friendly country, amongst 50 European states, towards non-heterosexuals. Unlike many other European countries, Cypriot legislation does not protect people discriminated against or subject to verbal violence because of their sexual orientation. At the same time, Cyprus does not recognise through its legislation civil partnerships between same-sex couples.
The legal regulation of same-sex relationships, as well as LGBT equality, is an issue of concern for many European governments. Linda Freimane from ILGA-Europe said: "Europe considers itself a global leader on human rights and equality, but the facts clearly show how far we are from being able to claim the title of LGBT human rights and equality champions".
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus, in an effort to highlight the issue of the legal regulation of same-sex relationships in Cyprus, has invited the Ombudswoman Ms Eliza Savvides, on behalf of the Attorney General Ms Theodora Christodoulidou and on behalf of ACCEPT Mr Yiorgis Regginos, to speak at Wednesday's event. Ms Androulla Kaminara, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus, will speak about the European dimension of the subject. The event aims to encourage a fruitful dialogue through open discussion with the audience.
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