Combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity

LGBT ISSUES AT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

 

The Commissioner for Human Rights

The 2011 report on "Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe" by the Commissioner for Human Rights, covering all 47 member states and based on the largest socio-legal study ever carried out on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity provides a clear picture of the situation in Europe and constitutes a valuable input to the Council of Europe present work in this field.

The background document to the report, over 300 pages, contains the full results of the study. More information can also be found in the country thematic studies on homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has also been very active, in regularly addressing the question of homophobia, transphobia, hate speech and intolerance in the various member states. The Commissioner published an Issue Paper on Human Rights and Gender Identity in 2009.