Ανακοίνωση από Διακομματική Ομάδα για τα δικαιώματα ΛΟΑΔ του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου αναφορικά με τις πρόσφατες δηλώσεις του κ. Θεμιστοκλέους

Πιο κάτω παραθέτουμε αυτούσια την επιστολή που στάλθηκε στον κ. Θεμιστοκλέους από την Διακομματική Ομάδα για τα δικαιώματα ΛΟΑΔ του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου αναφορικά με τις πρόσφατες δηλώσεις του.Ευχαριστούμε και δημόσια τα μέλη του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου που, αντίθετα με τον επίσημο ΔΗΣΥ, καταδίκασαν άμεσα τις δηλώσεις του συγκεκριμένου βουλευτή.Members of the European Parliament  - OPEN LETTERTo: Andreas Themistocleous MPCc: Eliana Nicolaou, Commissioner for Administration and Ombudswoman;
His Excellency Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the European UnionConcerns: Derogatory remarks on same-sex relationships
Reference: 20100531/BSBrussels, 31st May 2010
Right Honourable Andreas Themistocleous,It has come to our attention that on the 26th April, you publicly stated that “just because there exist among us paedophiles, people who practice bestiality, necrophiliacs and other criminals, should the state legitimise their status too?”We find this reasoning illogical, inaccurate and profoundly worrying. It is improper and deeply mistaken to compare relationships between two consenting adults to illegal deeds such as necrophilia or paedophilia. We, as well as associations for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people worldwide, unreservedly condemn these practices, which have nothing to do with relationships between
consenting adults.Cyprus, like the twenty-six other EU Member States, is a forward-looking society which, we believe, seeks to protect all of its citizens’ rights. Elected parliamentarians have the duty to protect their citizens, including by refraining from hate speech and harmful comparisons. Joining widespread reactions from the Cypriot civil society and international non-governmental organisations, we call on you to withdraw these
remarks and apologise for them.We would like to draw your attention to the fact that five other Member States, including with deeply religious populations such as in Portugal, did enact same-sex marriage; and fourteen Member States also have laws allowing same-sex unions—yet none of these have seen a rise or a legitimisation of the crimes you mentioned. Why would Cyprus be any different?

Finally, on the 17th May 2010, International Day Against Homophobia, some of the highest leaders in your own political group condemned homophobia and expressions of hate against LGBT people. President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and Vice-president of the European Commission Viviane Reding all expressed their commitment to non-discrimination for LGBT people in the European Union. We hope this will inspire you and fellow members of Δημοκρατικός Συναγερμός to change your stance on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.On behalf of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights,
Michael Cashman MEP - Co-president
Ulrike Lunacek MEP - Co-president
Carbon copies:Eliana Nicolaou - Commissioner for Administration and Ombudswoman
His Excellency Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis - Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/intergroup-documents/intergroup-writes-to-member-o...

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