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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.

The Council of Europe standards and mechanisms seek to promote and ensure respect for the human rights of every individual. These include equal rights and dignity of all human beings, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

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IDAHO Forum 2016, Copenhagen, 10-12 May 2016

Council of Europe is participating in the 4th European conference IDAHO Forum marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This year’s Forum will take place on 10–12 May in Copenhagen, and it is hosted by the Government of Denmark.

The title of this year’s IDAHO Forum is “Building Bridges and Alliances” bringing special attention to LGBTI people in the labor market and social acceptance of LGBTI people.

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