Council of Europe Office in Georgia
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16.05.2013 â On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and
Transphobia (IDAHO) Secretary General Jagland called on Member States to fight
discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
âHate crime motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity is a violation of
basic human rights. Europeans must safeguard the right to freedom of expression
and of peaceful assembly. Some member states still lack laws to explicitly or
implicitly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and
gender identity. I encourage them to work with the Council of Europe to make
progress so that Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender persons can fully enjoy
their human rights,â Secretary General Jagland said.
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The Council of Europe is leading the fight against discrimination on grounds of
sexual orientation and gender identity, including through its on-going LGBT
Project. In 2010 the Committee of Ministers adopted a specific recommendation to
member states, providing a comprehensive framework to identify improvements that
still need to be made. The Committee of Ministers recently looked at how that
recommendation is being implemented in member States.
Contact : Daniel HÃ¶ltgen, Spokesperson, mobile +33 6 68 29 87 51
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge