LGBTI persons are often victims of discrimination, social exclusion and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. These behaviours are manifestations of homophobia and/or transphobia. For several years the Congress of the Council of Europe has been working to combat discrimination against LGBTI people by addressing recommendations to local and regional as well as national authorities. It also organises fact-finding missions to examine particular situations in certain countries.

The Congress Current Affairs Committee is preparing a new report on the role and responsibilities of local governments in protecting LGBTI persons, to be adopted in 2021.

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Congress conducts a remote fact-finding mission on the situation of LGBTI in Poland

Fact-Finding Mission 27 October 2020

The Congress conducted a remote fact-finding mission on 2 and 3 November 2020 on the situation of LGBTI people in Poland. This mission follows a request from members of the Polish parliament regarding the increasing attacks and discrimination against LGBTI people. The delegation comprised...

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Report - 2015 Report - 2015

Guaranteeing the rights of LGBTI people at local and regional level

25 March 2015 Strasbourg

On Wednesday 25 March 2015, the Congress debated and adopted the resolution and recommendation presented by Yoomi Renström (Sweden, SOC) on “Guaranteeing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) people’s rights: a responsibility for Europe’s towns and regions”. The text calls on local and...

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Human Rights Handbook Human Rights Handbook

The Congress published in 2019 "Human rights handbook for local and regional authorities". One of its three chapters aims to combating discrimination against LGBTI people. Examples presented include the establishment of codes of conduct prohibiting discriminatory attitudes towards LGBTI people, training of officials including municipal police officers and consultation with the LGBTI community in the development of local policies. Some of the issues addressed in the Handbook are presented below. To view the whole content, download the Handbook in PDF format.

 Download : Human Rights Handbook Vol. I (Pdf)