17 May – A day to assess progress and plan the future

17 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

17 May marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), firstly celebrated in 2004. 15 years later, 17 May signifies a continued process towards equality and non-discrimination for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and sex...

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Safe at school: tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying

3 April 2019, 18:30 Lieu d’Europe, Strasbourg

The recently published Council of Europe/UNESCO report “Safe at School: Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics in Europe” will be presented at the conference on 3 April at the Lieu de l’Europe. This type of violence...

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Peer-to-peer round table on policies to address SOGIESC-based violence in the Education Sector

21-22 March 2019 Venice, Italy

The SOGI Unit is organising a one and a half day roundtable on policies to address school violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and sex characteristics in the education sector, to take place in Venice, on 21 - 22 March. The event will include the presentation of the...

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Russia: Anti-extremism and “foreign agents” legislation misused, intolerant public discourse unchallenged and unpunished, says Council of Europe’s body

5 March 2019 Strasbourg

Progress has been made at the institutional level in the Russian Federation in countering hate crime and the number of racist murders and Neo-Nazi attacks has declined in recent years. However, comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation is still lacking and racist and homo/transphobic hate...

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European Lesbian* Conference launches a survey on Lesbians in Europe and Central Asia

30 January 2019 Strasbourg

The European Lesbian* Conference (EL*C) launches a survey to gather data directly from lesbians* based in Europe and Central Asia. On the one hand, the questions asked in the survey will help grasp lesbians*’ experiences in different regions and on different aspects, such as: violence, health,...

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LGBTI Albanians Respond: Politics and Representation

The First Research in Albania on “Political Participation of LGBTI People in Albania”, prepared from Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA) and LGBTQ Victory Institute, with the support from the SOGI Unit from the Council of Europe, is now public. The research is based on interviews with political...

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Report “Safe at school: Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics in Europe”

13 December 2018 Strasbourg

The report “Safe at school: Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics in Europe”, produced in partnership with UNESCO and launched today on this website, provides an overview of this violence in European schools, explores...

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21st Roundtable of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network

21-22 November 2018 Tallin and Helsinki

The 21st Roundtable of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia and the Ministry of Justice of Finland. The Roundtable meeting will be kicked off in Tallinn on 21 November 2018, followed by a one-day-session November 22nd...

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2018 Council of Europe Conference on Interfaith Dialogue and LGBTI -Homosexuality and Contemporary Christianity Interdisciplinary and Multi confessional Approaches-

5 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will organize on the 5th of July a conference on Homosexuality and Contemporary Christianity Interdisciplinary and Multi confessional Approaches- The aim of this conference is to study to the interaction between homosexual identity and contemporary Christianity, namely...

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Call for volunteers – Council of Europe at the Strasbourg Pride!

5 June 2018 Strasbourg

On Saturday 9 June, the Council of Europe is joining the Strasbourg Pride festivities. The SOGI Unit will be holding a stand at the Village Associatif from 11:00 until 18:00 and will march behind the CoE flag in the pride march (On Saturday 9 June, the Council of Europe is joining the Strasbourg...

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Launching of the new review cycle of the implementation of the Recommendation (2010)5 of the CM

23 March 2018

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. Adopted on 31 March 2010, the Recommendation enhances the full enjoyment of...

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“Extending rights, responsibilities and status to same-sex families: Trends across Europe”, a publication

13 March 2018 Strasbourg

A publication by Professor Kees Waaldijk on “Extending rights, responsibilities and status to same-sex families: Trends across Europe” was launched at a conference held in Copenhagen on 2 March 2018 on equal opportunities and rights in private and family life for LGBTI persons. The conference was...

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Conference on Private and family life for LGBTI people

2 March 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Danish Parliament and PACE will hold a high-level conference on private and family life for LGBTI people. The keynote speech will be delivered by Ireland’s Minister for Children and Youth, Katherine Zappone. Denmark's Minister for Equal...

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The good practice guide on values based campaigning

13 November 2017 Strasbourg, France

The good practice guide on values based campaigning is directed at policy makers, political leaders, human rights defenders and LGBTI activists who wish to collaboratively develop and implement campaigns to promote the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships. The guide provides an opportunity...

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The LawsAndFamilies Database

headline 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

“The LawsAndFamilies Database is a comparative law research project focused on the different developments concerning aspects of legal family formats for same-sex and different-sex couples in many countries (21 European countries so far). Through legal, statistical and sociological data, the...

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Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a Professional Police Response

14 June 2017 Strasbourg, France

The first training of trainers on policing hate crimes against LGBTI persons is taking place in Strasbourg this week, with participants from five member states. The training coincides with the public release of the new manual “Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a...

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Being Roma and LGBTI: at the crossroads of discrimination

8-10 June 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit, the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Roma Issues and the Youth Directorate of the Council of Europe are organising a conference on “Being Roma and LGBTI: at the crossroads of discrimination”, in...

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Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people is the worst kind of populism

16 May 2017 Strasbourg

Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) marked on 17 May, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe has made the following statement: “Homophobic and transphobic hatred is spreading on the internet and in public discourse, and attacks...

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Launching of IDAHOT dedicated action page “Come out for human rights!”

16 May 2017 Strasbourg

Every year on 17 May the Council of Europe marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This year, we are launching an action page dedicated to IDAHOT, calling for policy makers, national and local authorities, but also citizens, to come out for human rights and speak...

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Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality

headline 21 February 2017 Strasbourg

Today, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, publishes his human rights comment on “Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality” Noticing the growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships,...

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European Convention of Human Rights

Russia: Court makes €160,000 award after backing ‘right to protest’ complaint

7 February 2017 Strasbourg

Judges have ruled that Russian local authorities repeatedly undermined public protests against alleged corruption, ineffective governance and the repression of civil liberties, contravening European human rights laws. In today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Lashmankin and Others v. Russia...

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Roundtable of government representatives in Nicosia on February 1st, 2017

“Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a Professional Police Response”

1st February 2017 Nicosia, Cyprus

In cooperation with the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the SOGI Unit is organizing a roundtable of government representatives in Nicosia on February 1st, 2017, on the occasion of the launching of the new manual on “Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons: Training for a...

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Monaco must consolidate progress in protecting the rights of children, persons with disabilities and LGBTI people

20 January 2017 Strasbourg

(only available in French) Dans son rapport de visite à Monaco (18-19 janvier 2017), le Commissaire aux droits de l’homme, Nils Muižnieks encourage Monaco à étoffer le cadre juridique de la protection contre les discriminations, en adoptant une loi-cadre de protection contre toutes les formes de...

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European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network

17 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Estonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, is hosting the 17th Roundtable of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network on 17 and 18 November in Strasbourg. Part of the Roundtable is dedicated to a thematic discussion on...

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The launching of the LGBTI National Action Plan

21 October 2016 Albania

On Friday, Albania took an ambitious step towards the full respect and enjoyment of human rights by LGBTI persons in the country with . "Albania had made significant progress regarding rights of LGBTI persons" said Mr Blendi Klosi, Minister for Social Welfare and Youth, insisting on the...

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Judgement on O.M. v. Hungary

6 July 2016 Strasbourg

Today, the European Court of Human Rights gave its judgment on the case O.M. v. Hungary. The case concerned the detention of O.M. who filed a claim for asylum in Hungary, stating that he had been forced to flee Iran, his country of origin, because of his homosexuality. O.M. complained that his...

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Judgment on Taddeucci and McCall v. Italy

30 June 2016 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights gave a judgment on the case Taddeucci and McCall v. Italy today. The case concerned a refusal by the Italian authorities to grant a residence permit to a gay couple on family grounds. The Court found in particular that the situation of Mr Taddeucci and Mr...

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Parliamentary Assembly: Statement on freedom of expression

29 June 2016 Strasbourg

Jonas Gunnarsson, General rapporteur of the Assembly on the rights of LGBT people and 19 other parliamentarians gave the following written declaration on 23 June 2016: Freedom of expression and so-called “anti-gay propaganda laws” April 2016, a bill prohibiting “propaganda of homosexual relations...

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2016 Kyiv Pride

13 June 2016 Strasbourg

2016 Kyiv Pride was a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and freedom of assembly and association (article 11 of the ECHR) Congratulations Ukraine! Tweet of the CoE Spokeperson

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Secretary General expresses his condolences to the United States

13 June 2016 Strasbourg

"Europeans across the Continent are shocked and saddened by the cruel attack in Orlando in which so many innocent people were killed. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, and with all who are suffering after this horrific homophobic and transphobic hate crime. The...

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Workshop on legal protection for same-sex couples in Montenegro

9-10 June 2016 Podgorica, Montenegro

The Council of Europe together with the Montenegrin Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Rights will organise a workshop on combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity on 9 – 10 June in Podgorica (Montenegro). The workshop aimed at Montenegrin authorities and...

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Secretary General welcomes the adoption of Norwegian law on legal gender recognition

7 June 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland made the following statement following the adoption of a new law on legal gender recognition in Norway: “Yesterday the Norwegian Parliament adopted a new law on legal gender recognition based on self-determination. Norway becomes the fourth Council of Europe...

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Bioethics committee discussed the human rights of intersex and transgender children and young people

1 June 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics discussed the protection of the human rights on intersex and transgender children and young people in their meeting in Strasbourg 31 May 2016. Kitty Anderson (OII Europe), pediatric surgeon Mika Venhola and Richard Köhler (TGEU) presented the key human...

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Harassment of LGBTI children must have no place in schools, says Secretary General

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

13 May 2016 Strasbourg

In the run-up to the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia marked on 17 May, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland spoke out against homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in Europe, a grave and often disregarded problem. “Homophobic and transphobic...

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Rights of LGBTI people: preventing emergence of parallel societies

10 May 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark

Without smart policies to foster equality and promote mutual understanding and respect in Europe, parallel societies emerge: people living alongside one another, rather than living together. Supporting its member States to build truly inclusive societies is the goal of the Council of Europe, said...

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Round table on the protection of asylum seekers in Greece

11 May 2016 Athens, Greece

The Council of Europe, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Greek Bar Association are organising a round table on the European Convention on Human Rights and the protection of asylum seekers in Greece on 11 May 2016. One of the parallel sessions of the round table will...

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Human rights of transgender persons: Greek officials’ visit to learn from Maltese success story

26 April 2016 Strasbourg/Valetta

The Council of Europe and the Maltese government are organising a study tour for officials from Greece on 21-22 April to learn about the practical implementation of the ground-breaking Maltese legislation on gender identity. The innovative Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex...

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Judgment on M.C. & A.C. v Romania

12 April 2016 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights gave a judgment on the case M.C. & A.C. v Romania today. The case concerned the applicants' complaint that they been attacked on their way home from a gay march and that the ensuing investigation had been inadequate. The Court considered that the authorities did...

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Conference on LGBT rights, 5 March, Riga (Latvia)

24 February 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe together with Association of LGBT and their friends “Mozaika” and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation organises a conference titled “Where do we go from here? The future is ours – the next 10 years in LGBT rights”. The Conference, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mozaika, discusses...

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Croatia: New Judgment

23 February 2016 Strasbourg

European Court of Human Rights judges agreed today that Croatia's decision to make it impossible for a partner in a same-sex relationship to obtain a residence permit for family reunification, was discriminatory. In today’s chamber judgment in the case of Pajić v. Croatia (application no....

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Beating the Stigma: the CoE on LGBT Rights in Georgia

21 January 2016 Strasbourg

Eleni Tsetsekou gave an interview in Georgia Today concerning the Council of Europe and the LGBT Rights in Georgia. The three-day event was co-organized by the Council of Europe’s Equality Division and the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia. It helped participants learn in practice how to...

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LGBT sports coaches still taboo

11 December 2015 Strasbourg

“Sports teams should make all kinds of minorities visible, including LGBT people,” asserts former Finnish president Tarja Halonen. “I have been working for LGBT people in sports. It is still very much a taboo whether there can be gay or lesbian coaches, when we, the heterosexuals are expected to...

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A Short guide to legal gender recognition

9 December 2015 Strasbourg

Building on Council of Europe standards, case-law of the European Court of Human Rights as well as best practices from different European countries, the Council of Europe publication “Protecting Human Rights of Transgender Persons: A short guide to legal gender recognition (2015)" is a practical...

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Seminar “National Action Plans as effective tools for the promotion and protection of human rights of LGBT people”

3 December 2015 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

The seminar was organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic, and with the participation of the European Governmental LGBT Focal Points Network, and took place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 3 December 2015. The seminar was targeted at...

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Training of trainers for Prosecutors

25-27 November 2015 Kakheti, Georgia

The Council of Europe Human Rights National Implementation Division together with Equality Division and the with the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia will organise a training of trainers for prosecutors on anti-discrimination. The training takes place in the framework of the Joint EU/CoE...

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SkaNdal – Screening of first ever feature documentary about the LGBT movement in Albania: 9 November in Strasbourg

9 November 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit (SOGI) and the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Albania to the Council of Europe organise a screening of SkaNdal – the first ever feature documentary about the LGBT movement in Albania. The screening of the documentary...

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The Marriage Bill 2015 allowing for same-sex marriage has been signed into law in Ireland

30 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Presidential Commission has signed the Bill yesterday 29 October, filling in for President Michael D Higgins who is currently in the United States. The Bill passed through the Seanad last week. With the presidential endorsement it has cleared the final hurdle – once a commencement order is...

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ILGA Annual Conference - Video message of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

29 October 2015 Strasbourg

The ILGA-Europe annual conference 2015 started today in Athens. “LGBTI rights are no special invention, they are human rights enshrined in the European Convention” said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland in his video message at the opening of the Conference. The...

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ILGA Annual Conference

19 October 2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will organise a workshop at the ILGA annual conference, “Many voices, One movement - Together, mobilised for a just society” (Athens, 28 - 31 October 2015). The workshop - Good practices for LGBTI activists on engaging with local and regional authorities - will focus on the...

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Training of Police Officers on Hate Crime: 26 – 27 October

19 October 2015 Athens, Greece

The Council of Europe, in co-operation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Greek Ministry of Public Order, the Greek Ombudsman and the European Gay Police Association is organising a training of police officers on hate crime (Athens, Greece, 26 – 27...

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

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