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PACE committee calls for action to counter 'dramatic spike' of Islamophobia in Europe

16/09/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE's Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee has expressed its deep concern at the steady increase in manifestations of Islamophobia in Europe, "which has reached a dramatic spike in recent years". According to the Committee, stereotyping based on depicting Muslims as alien to, and...

Ending discrimination against women in sport

16/09/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“There is an urgent need to prevent gender-based violence, sexism, discrimination and gender stereotypes in the world of sport, promote gender equality, invest in sport for all, and put an end to the invisibility of women and girls,” said the Equality Committee meeting in Paris today. The report...

“EuroPride: equality and freedom of expression and assembly must be respected”, says PACE General Rapporteur

30/08/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“This weekend’s announcement by the President of Serbia that EuroPride, due to be held in Belgrade in September, may be postponed or cancelled, is a worrying step backwards for both equality and democracy,” declared Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI...

PACE rapporteur, reacting to Italy killing, urges parties to step up efforts against racism

02/08/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The news of the shockingly brutal killing of a Nigerian man in broad daylight in an Italian town is heart-breaking and deeply concerning, but not surprising,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE rapporteur on the role of political parties in fostering diversity and inclusion. “This...

PACE launches its new Parliamentary Platform for the rights of LGBTI people in Europe

21/06/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Rights are never to be taken for granted", said Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), the Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, during the meeting which officially launched the PACE Parliamentary Platform for the rights of LGBTI people in Europe. "The objective of this...

PACE President Tiny Kox congratulates Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada on its vote to ratify the Istanbul Convention

20/06/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Today the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted by an overwhelming majority to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention,” said PACE President Tiny Kox. “This is a...

Countering hate speech: a task for today and every day

17/06/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, made the following statement to mark the International Day for countering hate speech (18 June 2022): “Today we mark the first ever International day for countering hate speech. I warmly welcome this UN...

'On 17 May and every day, we stand firm against LGBTI-phobia' says PACE committee

16/05/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (17 May 2022) the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, meeting in Stockholm on 12 May 2022, adopted the following statement: “Over recent years, significant progress has been made...

Parties urged to sign the Charter of European Political Parties for a non-racist and inclusive society

12/05/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At a time when racism and intolerance are rife in Europe, political parties are best placed to combat racism, intolerance and hate speech, PACE's Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee has said. The committee therefore considers that the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist...

Making the fight against antisemitic hate speech a priority

12/05/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Deeply concerned by the rise in hatred and violence against Jewish people in Europe, and particularly by online antisemitism, the Equality and Non-discrimination Committee has called on Council of Europe member States to adopt strategies or national action plans to prevent and combat antisemitism...

PACE rapporteur calls on men and boys to become allies in combating gender-based violence

02/05/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Gender equality can only be reached by involving all genders. Patriarchy is also detrimental to men. Too often men think that gender-based violence is not about them,” said Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE), PACE Rapporteur on “The role of men and boys in stopping gender-based violence” during a...

PACE creates new parliamentary platform for the rights of LGBTI people in Europe

29/04/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE is to set up a new parliamentary platform to promote the rights of LGBTI people in Europe, bringing together MPs from as many as possible of the 46 national parliaments represented in the Assembly. The new platform will see parliamentarians promoting full and effective equality for LGBTI...