The island nation topped the Europe Rainbow Index , beating 48 other countries to the number one spot. Malta leads the pack by a sizeable margin, with the number two country, Belgium, scoring 73 per cent. Equality, family issues, hate speech, legal gender recognition, freedom of expression and asylum rights all contribute towards the rankings too. At the other end of the spectrum, Azerbaijan, which hosts the Europa League final next week , scored the lowest of the 49 countries 3 per cent. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.
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Under the new bill which was passed unanimously on Dec. The bill also states that neither sexual orientation nor gender identification can be classified as a disease, disorder or shortcoming of any sort. In addition, the age at which people can independently request for their gender to be changed in official documents has been lowered from 18 to These are bold moves for a predominately Catholic country that only began allowing divorce in , and is the only member of the European Union that still considers abortion of any kind to be a criminal offence.
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That's according to the latest edition of ILGA Europe's Rainbow List which ranks 49 European countries on a scale between 0 percent gross violations of human rights and discrimination and percent respect of human rights and full equality. This chart shows the best scoring countries on laws, policies and practices affecting LGBTI communities Check our upcoming releases. Feel free to contact us anytime using our contact form or visit our FAQ page. More Information.