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Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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17.05.13
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia..
Strasbourg, 16.05.2013 – 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.

“Hate 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,” Secretary General Jagland said.
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Background information
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.

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Council of Europe Office in Georgia