Amnesty Int'l report shows Europe has serious issues regarding sexual minorities

The report of Amnesty International, which addressed crimes motivated by homophobia and transphobia in Europe show that countries in the European Union have serious issues in this sphere, Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said.

"It seems that the facts included in this report is yet another piece of evidence that before criticizing other countries for alleged discrimination against sexual minorities, the EU and its members should resolve their own issues in this sphere," the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Dolgov as saying in an official statement.

This was Dolgov's response to mass media outlets' request to comment upon the report entitled, 'Because of Who I Am: Homophobia, Transphobia and Hate Crimes in Europe', which was released by Amnesty International.

According to Dolgov, Moscow studied this report, which analyzes the situation in EU countries with regard to violence against sexual minorities, with interest.

"It concludes that prejudice, discrimination and hate crimes against representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community are still pressing issues in the EU, where same-sex relations are relatively tolerated. These conclusions are illustrated by many examples. In particular, it is noted that 80% Europeans, who have suffered from violence motivated by their non-traditional sexual orientation, do not report assaults to the police because they fear being met with homophobia and transphobia in state institutions," Dolgov said.

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