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21 April, 2024
 
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No immediate directive on LGBTI rights in Cyprus

Ministry emphasizes sovereign decision-making in implementation

Cyprus participated in a high-level meeting organized by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union to discuss the protection of LGBTI people's rights in Europe. Competent sources from the Ministry of Justice, who spoke to Sigmalive, explained what Cyprus signed during this meeting.

According to the Sigmalive, Cyprus signed a general declaration that establishes a broader framework outlining principled positions on the issue of protecting the rights of LGBTI individuals. The order does not entail a European directive, and it does not establish a consensus on how member states should implement these principles.

The sources emphasized that Cyprus already has a legislative framework in place that allows for gender identification under specific conditions. They clarified that no decision has been made regarding any new legislation or directive related to this matter. The signing of the declaration does not imply immediate changes to Cyprus' existing laws and policies concerning gender identification.

It is important to note, as reported by Sigmalive, that the declaration signed by Cyprus serves as a commitment to the broader principles outlined in the document. The signing does not automatically initiate specific actions or impose new obligations on the country. The implementation of these principles will require further discussions and potential adaptations to the existing legal framework, taking into consideration the specific context and societal dynamics of Cyprus.

The sources highlighted that each member state retains its sovereign right to determine the implementation process of the principles outlined in the declaration. The signing of the declaration indicates Cyprus' willingness to engage in discussions and collaborate with other European Union member states to protect the rights of LGBTI individuals. However, any future actions or legislative changes will be subject to the national decision-making processes and considerations within Cyprus.

In conclusion, as clarified by competent sources from the Ministry of Justice speaking to Sigmalive, Cyprus signed a general declaration at the high-level meeting organized by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union on protecting LGBTI people's rights in Europe. This declaration outlines principled positions on the issue without establishing a European directive or consensus among member states. It is essential to note that Cyprus already has a legislative framework allowing for gender identification under certain conditions. The signing of the declaration does not imply an immediate change in Cyprus' laws but rather signifies a commitment to the broader principles outlined in the document. Any future actions or legislative changes will be subject to Cyprus' national decision-making processes.

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