The Council of Europe standards and mechanisms seek to promote and ensure respect for the human rights of every individual. These include equal rights and dignity of all human beings, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.
Homophobic and transphobic hate speech and violence: SOGI Unit holds event under the French PresidencyParis, France 26 September 2019
On September 26, the SOGI Unit hosted an event on homophobic and transphobic hate speech and...
Brussels, Belgium 23 September 2019
On 23 September, the World Bank co-organised with the European Commission a workshop on LGBTI...
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 September 2019
On 6 September, the Council of Europe launched, in partnership with the Bosnian authorities, the...
Call for Participants – European Training of Trainers on Hate Crime Against LGBTI Persons (locations updated)Strasbourg, France 16 July 2019
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit of the Council of Europe is calling on...
Strasbourg, France 5 July 2019
The compendium of legislation and policies is relaunched today in the SOGI Unit website, in an...
The CDDH has launched the review process of the implementation of the CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2018, following the decision of the CDDH, the SOGI Unit, in coordination with the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Point Network and in consultation with civil society, has drafted a questionnaire on existing measures and examples of good practices related to the implementation of the Recommendation. (more...)
All children have the right to safe and quality education, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics. In the last decade, national education sectors in most Council of Europe member States started or continued responding to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics (SOGIESC-based violence). This report provides an overview of this violence in European schools, explores how member States seek to prevent or address it, and makes recommendations to national education sectors to better do so.