For equality in diversity

The principle of equality and non-discrimination is a fundamental element in the protection of human rights. It is guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights (article 14) and was reinforced by Protocol No.12 to the Convention, which in a general manner, provides that no-one shall be discriminated against on any ground by any public authority.

Homophobic acts which have occurred in several states unhappily point to systematic violation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). These occurrences have also shown that in many cases such injustice is condoned and sometimes even actively supported by the very authorities whose strict duty it is to protect their citizens against all discrimination.

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Statement by Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister for Equal Opportunities of Denmark, on behalf of the Chair of the Committee of Ministers
Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 16 May 2018
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Eva Kjer Hansen

Eva Kjer Hansen

"As we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, I would like to pay tribute to all those in Europe and beyond who are promoting the rights of LGBTI people and fighting discrimination and prejudices", said Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister for Equal Opportunities of Denmark. "In this fight for equal opportunities regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, everyone can play a role, at their level of responsibility. "

"Alliances for solidarity is the theme chosen this year. It reminds us of the need to adopt a comprehensive approach to the defense and promotion of rights for all people belonging to disadvantaged groups or in vulnerable situations, as well as the importance of joining forces to achieve equal rights for all. "

European Court of Human Rights European Court of Human Rights

Whilst for many LGBTI people in Europe life has become easier and society more tolerant, they face still many other obstacles. The Court has been asked to judge cases involving the banning of gay pride parades and discrimination in granting social rights, with a number of applications pending on the laws which criminalise "homosexual propaganda".

Commissioner for Human Rights Commissioner for Human Rights

The Commissioner regularly raises the LGBTI topic with authorities in member states, and expresses his concerns in country monitoring reports and specific thematic publications.

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The Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities have issued several recommendations and resolutions calling upon governments and local authorities to take the requisite measures to combat incitement to homophobia.
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