In the framework of the reform of the Parliamentary Assembly as set out in Resolution 1822 (2011), the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men has expanded its mandate to become the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination.
its current terms of reference,
as defined by
(2011),“the committee shall
consider questions of equality
and non-discrimination on any
ground such as sex, sexual
orientation and gender identity,
race, colour, language,
religion, political or other
opinion, national or social
origin, ethnicity, belonging to
a national minority, property,
Previously, LGBT issues had been dealt with by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights or by other committees in relation to specific aspects such as migrations, sport and education.
In January 2012, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination established the terms of reference of the General Rapporteur on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBTs), and later appointed Mr Haugli (Norway, SOC).
The role of the general rapporteur is also to:
follow activities and maintain working relations with the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers and the European Court of Human Rights;
follow activities and maintain working relations with national parliaments, the European Parliament, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Commission;
follow up on relevant resolutions and recommandations of the Parliamentary Assembly, such as Resolution 1728 and Recommendation 1915 (2010) on “Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”, Recommendation 1470 (2000) on “Situation of gays and lesbians and their partners in respect of asylum and immigration in the member states of the Council of Europe”, Recommendation (2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity”.
Parliamentary Assembly has dealt
with the situation of LGBT
people on several occasions and
under different angles. Relevant
(2003) on “Lesbians and gays
Recommendation 1635 (2003) on “Lesbians and gays in sport”
(2000) on the “Situation of
lesbians and gays in Council
of Europe member states
Recommendation 1474 (2000) on the “Situation of lesbians and gays in Council of Europe member states
Recommendation 1470 (2000) on “Situation of gays and lesbians and their partners in respect of asylum and immigration in the member states of the Council of Europe”