Today, the Council of Europe Programme HELP joins the marking of 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
To contribute to the fight against homophobia and transphobia, HELP developed the free online interactive course on Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia/transphobia. The course has been implemented in the following EU countries: Austria, Croatia, France, Italy and Spain, where it has been adapted to their legal orders. The target audience have been judges, prosecutors, lawyers and law enforcement officials.
The course covers the European non-discrimination law (from the Council of Europe and EU) and the impressive body of case law of the European Court of Human Rights and of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in addition to decision of the European Committee of Social Rights.
This course contains the following four modules:
- Key concepts
- Legal framework
- Racism and xenophobia
- Homophobia and transphobia
Existing case law covers topics as varied as: discrimination during job recruitment or at the workplace; discrimination receiving health care; hate crimes, hate speech or harassment on racism or homophobic grounds; lack of respect for private and family life of LGBTI persons; legal gender recognition.
The course has been developed under the “HELP in the 28” Programme implemented by the Council of Europe. Funded by the EU, “HELP in the 28” has been the largest training project within the EU on fundamental rights for judges, prosecutors and lawyers.