Police for Equality

Law enforcement and LGBTIQ rights

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This webinar will explore how the EU can better promote safe reporting and prosecution of violence and hate crimes perpetrated against the LGBTIQ community in Europe. There is sometimes a lack of mutual trust and confidence between LGBTIQ people and law enforcement authorities, so hate crimes go unreported or unprosecuted. Stark differences exist among Member States in this regard. Some Member States’ governments and their police forces are actively seeking to combat anti-LGBTIQ hate crimes and restore trust of the LGBTIQ community in law enforcement, including by involving LGTBIQ police officers, whilst some Member States are not. Within a Union built on shared principles and human rights, the EU should fight to mainstream this in police forces across the EU. Therefore, this webinar will explore what actions the EU is taking to restore the relation between law enforcement and the LGTBIQ community. It will identify further actions the EU should implement, including by taking an intersectional approach.

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Introductory remarks (5 min)

Sophie in ‘t Veld, MEP, Renew Europe

Keynote speech (10 min)

Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality, European Commission

Panel discussion:

- Dr. Detlef Schroeder, European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)

- Géraldine Séjournant, Training Ambassador of the European LGBT Police Association (EGPA) and executive member of FLAG!

Q&A session

Concluding remarks by Sophie in ‘t Veld

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