Call for volunteers – CoE at the Strasbourg Pride!

05.06.18 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

20/01/17 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

21 October 2016 - 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,...

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Judgement on O.M. v. Hungary

06/07/16 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

30/06/2016 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

29/06/16 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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IDAHOT

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

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