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EU Foreign Minister backs Kaleidoscope
The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs has issued a statement offering her support to the Kaleidoscope Trust:
"I share the belief in the entitlement of all people to enjoy the full range of human rights – and to do so without discrimination.
Around the world, the issues of gender identity and sexual orientation continue to be used as the pretext for serious human rights violations. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people are still subject to persecution, discrimination and ill-treatment – and that ill-treatment often involves extreme forms of violence. There are 80 countries which still criminalise same-sex relations between consenting adults, and seven which apply the death penalty. The EU continues to protest against these abuses, and to offer practical support as to how to end discrimination, and to encourage inclusiveness."
Rt. Hon. Baroness Catherine Ashton,
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security
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