Online events

Strasbourg 17-24 May 2020
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On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May, a series of online activities and actions will be organised to raise awareness of the situation of LGBTI persons and of the rise of hate speech and violence against them in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • 17 May - The Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit will launch a social media campaign.
  • 17-24 May - The Unit will support activities around IDAHOT and the 10thanniversary of Pride in Albania, in cooperation with civil society organisations and in the framework of the joint EU and Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 20192022”. Media campaigns and discussions with LGBTI and feminist authors will be held. Pride celebrations in the country will be broadcasted online, and will conclude with a “Balcony Pride” event with people invited to raise a rainbow flag on their balconies.
  • 19 May (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) - In co-operation with the Ombudsperson Office of Poland the SOGI Unit will organise an online debate with several national stakeholders, about the situation of the LGBTI persons in Poland. By invitation only.
  • 20 May (10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.) - The second thematic roundtable of the European Network of SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics) Governmental Focal Points will focus on the member states’ responses to the vulnerable situation of LGBTI persons during the pandemic. By invitation only.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


18 May (10 to 12.30 a.m. CET)

An online training course under HELP Programme on fighting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia based on international standards and using existing redress mechanisms will bring together over 70 representatives of authorities, equality bodies and NGOs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights will be presented by Judge Gilberto Felici; the participants will also learn about the monitoring findings of the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI).

The course is part of the regional project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech”, as part of the EU/CoE Partnership for Good Governance, Phase II.

More information - Programme

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


19 May (2 to 4 p.m. CET)

The Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development will organise a virtual parliamentary hearing, as part of the preparation of a report on “Lessons for future public health emergencies from an effective and rights-based response to the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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20 May (10 to 11.45 a.m. CET)

The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) and the Council of Europe Academic Networks (CEAN) will present a Webinar on “Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19” in the framework of the Istanbul Convention.

Key speakers include Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Nina Nordström, Chair of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention, Sara de Vido, Associate Professor, University Ca' Foscari, Venice, and Adriane van der Wilk, Expert on Online and Technology-facilitated violence against women. Marceline Naudi, GREVIO President, University of Malta, Department of Gender and Sexualities, will moderate the webinar, which will be broadcast live on the Directorate General Democracy Facebook page.

For those who may not be able to join the webinar, a recording will be made available on the Istanbul Convention website after the event.

More information

Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. + 33 6 98 47 64 04


19 May, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 16 judgments concerning Estonia, Iceland, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey.

More information - ECHR Website , tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


22 May, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 18 judgments and/or decisions concerning Georgia, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Turkey.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

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