The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Singapore, alongside free trade and investment agreements. This resolution means the EU will support democratic and economic development in Singapore, and for the first time highlights Singapore’s LGBT+ rights record. The resolution condemns Singapore’s lack of LGBT+ rights protections and calls for the abolishment of laws penalising same-sex sexual relationships, and for full protection LGBT+ and women’s rights through anti-discrimination legislation.
Fabio Massimo Costaldo, shadow rapporteur for the resolution and vice-president of the LGBTI Intergroup in the European Parliament noted: “With this resolution, the European Parliament takes position on LGBTI rights in Singapore for the first time. We now count on the other EU institutions to ensure LGBTI rights are fully taken into account in this Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, so we can see positive changes for LGBTI rights in Singapore in the nearest future”.
Read more at The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights.