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de Brún welcomes new handbook on monitoring and reporting homophobic incidents

13 October, 2008


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the publication of a new handbook on monitoring and reporting homophobic and transphobic incidents by ILGA-Europe (Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights).

Ms de Brún said:

"This new handbook examines the relevant human rights instruments and obligations which can be used in relation to incidents and violence motivated by hatred towards people because of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

"This gives rights' advocates and individuals access to tools that they can use to fight discrimination and injustice.

"It also lays out a clear a methodology to help document and record incidences of homophobic and transphobic violence and gives advice about how to report such incidences to national, European and international institutions.

"In examining how to report homophobic or transphobic hate crime and human rights abuses at both international and European levels, the handbook also considers the different international institutions and human rights bodies that monitor implementation of human rights standards and provides advice on how to approach them.

"This publication is designed as a tool for LGBT and human rights organisations to address violence based on discriminatory motives. The publication is part of a three-year project which aims to assist ILGA-Europe to monitor and report violence and also support them in working together with the police." ENDS

Note to Editors

ILGA-Europe's latest publication Handbook on monitoring and reporting homophobic and transphobic incidents is now available online at:

http://www.ilga-europe.org/europe/publications/non_periodical/handbook_on_monitoring_and_reporting_homophobic_and_transphobic_incidents

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