Monday, 14 February 2011

LGBTI issues and EASO

In January, the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association(ILGA) published a position paper on the EU’s efforts proposals to recast its asylum legislation.

The document gives a useful overview of all the recast proposals from an LGBTI perspective, highlighting ILGA-Europe’s key demands and also encouraging its member organisations to take recommended action.

With regard to EASO, ILGA-Europe presents the Office’s main functions, focusing on its role in the development of a common curriculum for the training of asylum officials. It comments that “the role of the EASO is likely to become of crucial importance, since it appears that the improvement of the examination of applications made by LGBT asylum seekers is closely linked to the development of guidelines grounded on good practices.”

ILGA-Europe further supports the requirement that EASO cooperates with other bodies such as the Fundamental Rights Agency and UNHCR. ILGA-Europe also commends the establishment of the Consultative Forum, where civil society will be given the opportunity to play an active role in EASO’s workings.

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