By Koen Slootmaeckers, Heleen Touquet, Peter Vermeersch

ISBN-10: 1137480920

ISBN-13: 9781137480927

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This ebook bargains a well-investigated and obtainable photo of the present state of affairs round the politics of LGBT (Lesbian, homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights and activism in significant Europe and the Western Balkans within the context of the growth of the eu Union (EU). It offers not just considerate reflections at the subject but additionally a wealth of recent empirical findings — coming up from felony and coverage research, large-scale sociological investigations and nation case experiences. Theoretical suggestions come from institutional research, the research of social events, legislations, and Europeanization literature. The authors talk about rising Europe-wide activism for LGBT rights and learn concerns resembling the tendency of nationalist pursuits to show ‘sexual others’ into ‘national others,’ the activities and rhetoric of church actors as strong counter-mobilizers opposed to LGBT rights, and the function of the household nation at the receiving finish of ecu strain within the box of basic rights.

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1). This was the first European developmental policy on democracy and human rights in the context of external relations (Smismans 2010). In response, in November 1991, the Council and the member states issued a joint resolution giving high priority to the promotion of human 22 K. SLOOTMAECKERS AND H. TOUQUET rights in the EU’s relations with third (developing) countries. But more importantly, in the same month, the Maastricht Treaty (1991; entered into force 1993) was signed, which codified the goal to promote, develop and consolidate democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms via the EU’s external relations.

32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. Labour Party (and founder of Iskorak) on 21 October 2013, Zagreb; faceto-face interview with representative of Zagreb Pride on 24 October 2013 in Zagreb. Face-to-face interview with Representative of Zagreb Pride, on 24 October 2013 in Zagreb; Face-to-face interview with representative of Zagreb Pride on 29 October 2013 in Zagreb. Face-to-face interview with independent Croatian activist on 12 June 2014 in Zagreb. The right-wing party HDZ has never openly supported LGBT rights in Croatia.

This statement was further expanded with the Treaty of Lisbon (2007), and now states: ‘The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail’ (Article 2, TEU). The Treaty of Lisbon changed the name of the EC Treaty to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and changed the numbering to Article 19, TFEU.

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