The Council of Europe Execution of ECHR judgments Department issued today a new thematic factsheet focusing on the execution of ECHR judgments concerning the rights of LGBTI persons.
According to the European Court of Human Rights, the principle of non-discrimination is "fundamental" and underpins the Convention along with the rule of law and the values of tolerance and peace. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are still subject to homophobia, transphobia and other forms of intolerance and discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. For this reason, States must take action to ensure the full enjoyment of the human rights of these persons.
This factsheet outlines a number of examples of general and, where appropriate, individual measures adopted and reported by States in the context of the implementation of the judgments of the European Court to safeguard and protect the rights of LGBTI persons including: decriminalisation of same-sex relationships, combating hate crimes, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, legal recognition of gender identity, access of LGBTI persons to social rights, homosexual persons in the armed forces, same-sex couples and civil union laws, right of residence and private and family life, right to adoption, parental authority and custody of children, maintenance and succession of tenancy agreements.