Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people is the worst kind of populism

16 May 2017 Strasbourg

Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) marked on 17 May, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe has made the following statement: “Homophobic and transphobic hatred is spreading on the internet and in public discourse, and attacks...

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Launching of IDAHOT dedicated action page “Come out for human rights!”

16 May 2017 Strasbourg

Every year on 17 May the Council of Europe marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This year, we are launching an action page dedicated to IDAHOT, calling for policy makers, national and local authorities, but also citizens, to come out for human rights and speak...

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Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality

headline 21/02/17 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, publishes his human rights comment on “Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality” Noticing the growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships,...

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European Convention of Human Rights

Russia: Court makes €160,000 award after backing ‘right to protest’ complaint

7 February Strasbourg

Judges have ruled that Russian local authorities repeatedly undermined public protests against alleged corruption, ineffective governance and the repression of civil liberties, contravening European human rights laws. In today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Lashmankin and Others v. Russia...

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Roundtable of government representatives in Nicosia on February 1st, 2017

“Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a Professional Police Response”

01/02/2017 Nicosia, Cyprus

In cooperation with the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the SOGI Unit is organizing a roundtable of government representatives in Nicosia on February 1st, 2017, on the occasion of the launching of the new manual on “Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a...

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Monaco must consolidate progress in protecting the rights of children, persons with disabilities and LGBTI people

20/01/17 Strasbourg

(only available in French) Dans son rapport de visite à Monaco (18-19 janvier 2017), le Commissaire aux droits de l’homme, Nils Muižnieks encourage Monaco à étoffer le cadre juridique de la protection contre les discriminations, en adoptant une loi-cadre de protection contre toutes les formes de...

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European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network

17 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Estonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, is hosting the 17th Roundtable of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network on 17 and 18 November in Strasbourg. Part of the Roundtable is dedicated to a thematic discussion on...

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The launching of the LGBTI National Action Plan

21 October 2016 Albania

21 October 2016 - On Friday, Albania took an ambitious step towards the full respect and enjoyment of human rights by LGBTI persons in the country with . "Albania had made significant progress regarding rights of LGBTI persons" said Mr Blendi Klosi, Minister for Social Welfare and Youth,...

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Judgement on O.M. v. Hungary

06/07/16 Strasbourg

Today, the European Court of Human Rights gave its judgment on the case O.M. v. Hungary. The case concerned the detention of O.M. who filed a claim for asylum in Hungary, stating that he had been forced to flee Iran, his country of origin, because of his homosexuality. O.M. complained that his...

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Judgment on Taddeucci and McCall v. Italy

30/06/2016 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights gave a judgment on the case Taddeucci and McCall v. Italy today. The case concerned a refusal by the Italian authorities to grant a residence permit to a gay couple on family grounds. The Court found in particular that the situation of Mr Taddeucci and Mr...

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Parliamentary Assembly: Statement on freedom of expression

29/06/16 Strasbourg

Jonas Gunnarsson, General rapporteur of the Assembly on the rights of LGBT people and 19 other parliamentarians gave the following written declaration on 23 June 2016: Freedom of expression and so-called “anti-gay propaganda laws” April 2016, a bill prohibiting “propaganda of homosexual relations...

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2016 Kyiv Pride

13 June 2016 Strasbourg

2016 Kyiv Pride was a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and freedom of assembly and association (article 11 of the ECHR) Congratulations Ukraine! Tweet of the CoE Spokeperson

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Secretary General expresses his condolences to the United States

13 June 2016 Strasbourg

"Europeans across the Continent are shocked and saddened by the cruel attack in Orlando in which so many innocent people were killed. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, and with all who are suffering after this horrific homophobic and transphobic hate crime. The...

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Secretary General welcomes the adoption of Norwegian law on legal gender recognition

7 June 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland made the following statement following the adoption of a new law on legal gender recognition in Norway: “Yesterday the Norwegian Parliament adopted a new law on legal gender recognition based on self-determination. Norway becomes the fourth Council of Europe...

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Bioethics committee discussed the human rights of intersex and transgender children and young people

1 June 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics discussed the protection of the human rights on intersex and transgender children and young people in their meeting in Strasbourg 31 May 2016. Kitty Anderson (OII Europe), pediatric surgeon Mika Venhola and Richard Köhler (TGEU) presented the key human...

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Workshop on legal protection for same-sex couples in Montenegro

9-10 June 2016 Podgorica (Montenegro)

The Council of Europe together with the Montenegrin Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Rights will organise a workshop on combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity on 9 – 10 June in Podgorica (Montenegro). The workshop aimed at Montenegrin authorities and...

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Harassment of LGBTI children must have no place in schools, says Secretary General

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

13 May 2016 Strasbourg

In the run-up to the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia marked on 17 May, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland spoke out against homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in Europe, a grave and often disregarded problem. “Homophobic and transphobic...

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Rights of LGBTI people: preventing emergence of parallel societies

10 May 2016 Copenhagen (Danemark)

Without smart policies to foster equality and promote mutual understanding and respect in Europe, parallel societies emerge: people living alongside one another, rather than living together. Supporting its member States to build truly inclusive societies is the goal of the Council of Europe, said...

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Round table on the protection of asylum seekers in Greece, Athens, 11 May 2016

3 May 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Greek Bar Association are organising a round table on the European Convention on Human Rights and the protection of asylum seekers in Greece on 11 May 2016. One of the parallel sessions of the round table will...

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Human rights of transgender persons: Greek officials’ visit to learn from Maltese success story

26 April 2016 Strasbourg/Valetta

The Council of Europe and the Maltese government are organising a study tour for officials from Greece on 21-22 April to learn about the practical implementation of the ground-breaking Maltese legislation on gender identity. The innovative Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex...

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