Minorities

European commission against racism and intolerance

ECRI is entrusted with the task of combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in greater Europe
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from the perspective of the protection of human rights, in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights, its additional protocols and related case-law (Article 1 of ECRIís Statute).
ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds such as ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance; it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.
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People with disabilities

The fundamental goal of the Action Plan 2006-2015 of the Council of Europe is to help member states reinforce anti-discriminatory and human rights measures to enhance equal opportunities and independence of people with disabilities
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and guarantee their freedom of choice, full citizenship, active participation in the life of the community and improve their quality of life.
Inclusion can become a reality only if people live in an accessible built environment and are able to take advantage of non-discriminatory means of transport and community-based services geared to their needs and if they have access to the legal, judicial and administrative systems.
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Roma

2011 saw a renewed focus on issues concerning Roma issues at the Council of Europe with the creation of a dedicated transversal team for Roma issues. This structure acts as a hub bringing together the different projects on Roma being undertaken at the Council of Europe following the high level meeting on Roma.
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It also builds on the work carried out and results achieved by the Council of Europe in this field, in particular over the past 15 years.
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National minorities

The Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has been in force since February 1998 and has 39 member States. It is the only legally binding instrument world-wide aiming at the protection of the specific rights of persons belonging to national minorities in key areas, More
including equality and non-discrimination provisions, media, language and education rights, as well as access to effective participation in public life.

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Sexual orientation and gender identity

Democracy and human rights education is about our rights and our responsibilities. The Council of Europe aims to promote and ensure respect for the human rights and dignity of LGBT persons
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and to combat discrimination and violence against them in the 47 member states. The LGBT Issues Unit is the focal point for LGBT issues within the Council of Europe. Its objectives are to implement Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5, to organise and support relevant conferences and activities, document developments and be the home of the LGBT Project.
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