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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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Equal opportunities for all children: non-discrimination of LGBTI children and young people

The Council of Europe has repeatedly drawn attention to discrimination against LGBTI children and young people. This publication contains a concise analysis of challenges, gaps and opportunities in the field of human rights of LGBTI children and young people. It also provides a collection of good practices and policies to combat discrimination against children on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and outlines relevant human rights obligations in this field.

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