Inclusion and anti-discrimination programmes
The Council of Europe's Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Division carries out activities to ensure genuine equality and full access to rights and opportunities for all members of society.
The three Units of the Division offer concrete and tested solutions to governmental and non-governmental partners in member States to strengthen inclusion and address discrimination and inequality that undermine the enjoyment of human rights and democracy by everyone.
02 Dec 2022 10:57:00
UN Internet Governance Forum explores how to implement Council of Europe Recommendation on Combating Hate SpeechAddis Ababa, Ethiopia 30/11/2022
Representative of national authorities, civil society organisations and Internet businesses...
01 Dec 2022 11:05:00
Roma Democratic Development Association (RDDA) SONCE organised a regional conference and open days on tackling hate speech in North MacedoniaNORTH MACEDONIA NOVEMBER 2022
The NGO Roma Democratic Development Association (RDDA) SONCE completed their four-month long...
01 Dec 2022 09:37:00Strasbourg, France 29 November to 1 December 2022
From 29 November to 1 December 2022, the members, participants and observers of the Committee on...
30 Nov 2022 17:12:0030 November 2023
The EU/CoE joint project Building an inclusive integration approach in Finland will provide...
10 Jun 2021 12:16:00
A practical guide for assessing and processing the hate speech cases, will strengthen the capacity of the Audio-visual Council of Moldova to monitor and combat hate speech in the audio-visual environmentRepublic of Moldova 10/06/2021
A new methodological guide “Combating hate speech in the media” has been produced in the...
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.