The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is a supra-national court established by the European Convention on Human Rights and hears complaints that concerning contracting state that have violated the human rights enshrined in the Convention and its protocols. Complaints can be brought by individuals or other contracting states, and the Court can also issue advisory opinions. The ECHR jurisprudence allows an evolutive, dynamic interpretation of the provisions of the Convention and keeps it in line with present-day conditions. The case-law of the ECHR has been essential in combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, regularly recognising violations of the various articles of the Convention insofar as the human rights of LGBT persons were at stake. A publication on Court case-law on LGBT issues will be available in fall 2012.
The LGBT Issues Unit attends these roundtables as a member of the Informal Network of Focal Points and brings the Coordinators from our partner countries. It is generally the occasion to add a meeting between the LGBT Project and its Coordinators on the latest stage of our work together.
The UNHCR and the Council of Europe will organise a conference in Rome, Italy, to review the assessment of LGBT asylum claims. Participants from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have been invited.
24/7 Unicorn conference on LGBT diversity in the workplace and Sticks & Stones career fair
The Sticks & Stones career fair is an annual event where businesses encourage employment of LGBT people. The LGBT Project will attend this event and the related conference the day before. The Project has invited their project countries to send relevant persons as well, and is organising a ‘Meet & Great’ side event for guests from project countries and business representatives from the same countries.