Inclusion and anti-discrimination programmes
The Council of Europe's Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Programmes Division carries out activities to ensure genuine equality and full access to rights and opportunities for all members of society.
The Division is composed of three Units, offering concrete and tested solutions to governmental and non-governmental partners in member States to strenghten inclusion and address discrimination and inequality that undermine the enjoyment of human rights and democracy by everyone:
24 mars 2023
Introductory training for Finnish municipalitiesOnline 23-24 March 2023
Under the EU / CoE joint project "Building an inclusive integration approach in Finland", five...
23 mars 2023
Five Finnish municipalities will work on building an inclusive integration approachStrasbourg, France 23 March 2023
The EU/CoE joint project ‘Building an inclusive integration approach in Finland’ aims to provide...
9 févr. 2023
The year 2022 in Intercultural Cities – the annual report now onlineStrasbourg, France 9 February 2023
2022 has been a year marked by the sudden military aggression against Ukraine which started in...
15 mars 2023
Technical project committee meeting for the PGGIII project: Combating hate speech in GeorgiaTbilisi, Georgia 15/03/2023
The technical project committee meeting for the “Partnership for Good Governance phase III...
16 mars 2023
Support programme for cities to respond to challenges of integrating refugees and migrants launched in PolandWarsaw, Poland 15 March 2023
With cities often at the forefront of responding to the challenges of integrating refugees and...
The three Units' activities are directly based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the recommendations and findings of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (AC/FCNM), and the Committee of Experts of the European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages, as well as relevant Committee of Ministers Recommendations.
The approach of the Division is to establish a direct link between standards, the monitoring processes, the intergovernmental work, such as the Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI) and the implementation of co-operation activities. This allows to identify weaknesses in the implementation of standards where technical cooperation activities can be helpful.
The Division works closely with the existing networks of equality bodies and national human rights structures (ombudsmen and national human rights institutions); other Council of Europe monitoring bodies (such as European Committee of Social Rights, the Group of experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) and their secretariats; European networks of NGO’s and national civil society platforms; and international actors, such as the EU Commission and its Agencies (including the Fundamental Rights Agency), the UN agencies (such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme) and the OSCE/ODIHR.
The Intercultural Cities Programme (ICC) supports local and regional authorities in reviewing their policies through an intercultural lens and developing comprehensive intercultural strategies to ensure real equality, meaningful intercultural interaction, and positive diversity management to realise the diversity advantage.
No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit
The No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit (NHSCU) runs extensive programmes of cooperation activities to help combat discrimination, hate speech and hate crime, as well as support the empowerment of minorities, the positive management of diversity and respect of human rights, including in the deployment of digital technologies, algorithmic and artificial intelligence systems.
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit (SOGI) offers tailor made activities aiming to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics, including, including technical support and expertise to member states to improve their legal and institutional framework, capacity building, sharing of good practices, and awareness raising.
- Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion
- European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
- Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
- European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
- Roma and Travellers Team
- Intercultural cities programme
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Block the Hatred, Share the Love Campaign
- Committee of Experts on Hate Crime (PC/ADI-CH)
- Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech (ADI/MSI-DIS)