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:
7 sept. 2023Tbilisi, Georgia 05-07/09/2023
The Council of Europe organised a training course on Human Rights narratives in response to hate...
12 sept. 2023
Launch of a hybrid learning activity on combating hate speech based on Council of Europe’s standardsTbilisi, Georgia 12/09/2023
The Council of Europe launched a hybrid training course on ECRI GPR 15 on combating hate speech,...
19 sept. 2023Cyprus 19 September 2023
The Council of Europe announces a Call for proposals for grants to coordinate the regional...
31 août 2023Online 28-31/08/2023
The new generation of the Young European Ambassadors continues to play a fundamental role in the...
16 mai 2023
Senior police officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina intensify efforts to prevent and respond to ill-treatmentMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina 16-17/05/2023
Different ways to prevent impunity and promptly respond to allegations of ill-treatment while...
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.
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)