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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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Compendium of good practices on local and regional level policies to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

Local and regional authorities have an important and specific role when combating discrimination against LGBTI people. To provide local and regional authorities with guidance, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe prepared a report and adopted a resolution on guaranteeing LGBTI people’s rights. To translate the findings of the report into practical information for use by policy makers, the Council of Europe produced this compendium of good practices at the local and regional level, which highlights good practices within local and regional administrations.

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