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:
26 mai 2023
Training on non-discrimination and equality standards for local level in Peja/PećPeja/Peć 25-26/05/2023
On 25 and 26 May 2023, anti-discrimination officers and civil society representatives from...
23 mai 2023
Training on non-discrimination and equality standards for local levelPrizren 22-23/05/2023
Municipal anti-discrimination officers, legal advisors from the Ombudsperson regional offices and...
1 juin 2023
Le programme ICC, l'OSCE-BIDDH, le HCR et l'OCDE unissent leurs forces pour soutenir les villes polonaisesLublin, Pologne 27-28-29 juin 2023
Lancée en mars 2023 et d'une durée de 18 mois, l'Académie sur l'intégration des personnes...
30 mai 2023
Purchase of local consultancy services in relation to the project “Promoting equality and non-discrimination in Armenia”Yerevan, Republic of Armenia 30/05/2023
The project “Promoting equality and non-discrimination in Armenia” is currently implemented by...
25 mai 2023
10 years of promoting and protecting equality in the Republic of MoldovaChisinau, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA 25/05/2023
The international conference “Equality bodies: new standards, new challenges” marked the 10th...
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.
No Hate Speech and Cooperation Unit
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.
- Le Comité directeur sur l’anti-discrimination, la diversité et l'inclusion
- Comité d’Experts sur la lutte contre le discours de haine
- Commission européenne contre le racisme et l’intolérance
- Convention-cadre pour la protection des minorités nationales
- Charte européenne des langues régionales ou minoritaires
- Roms et Gens du voyage
- Programme "Cités interculturelles"
- Orientation Sexuelle et Identité de Genre