Don’t forget the victims of terrorism!
News is coming in of yet another terrorist atrocity in Europe. The first thing you will hear about in the media is the location of the attack and the number of victims it has claimed. Topping the headlines is the death toll, followed closely by the number of injured. It won’t be long before the media focus shifts to the identity of the attackers, and their motives. If they managed to escape the scene, the next news angle will be the hunt to catch them. Usually within 24 hours the dead and wounded will be identified, their photos published, and after that you will probably never see or hear their names again. The Council of Europe believes victims of terrorism deserve better than that, so it is taking action to improve the way they are treated by their governments.
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Every year, 17 May marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This year, the Council of Europe calls on policy makers, national and local authorities, but also citizens, to come out for human rights and speak up for the protection of the human rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Intersex persons.
In many European countries journalists are under pressure, facing a variety of threats from governments, bosses and advertisers. The Council of Europe is marking World Press Freedom Day by underlining its support for independent journalism, free from unwarranted influence whatever the source.
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17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia
- How to ensure equal rights for LGBTI people?
- How to combat discrimination?
- How strong are Europe’s checks and balances when it comes to fighting violence against LGBTI people?
- What particular challenges do LGBTI children and young people face?
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