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Self-regulatory instruments and legal provisions to counter hate speech

07/03/2019 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The committee expressed its concern at the upsurge in hate speech which incites xenophobia, racial hatred, antisemitism and intolerance, and which targets in particular minorities, immigrants, women and LGBTI persons.

Stop sexism and sexual harassment in parliaments

07/03/2019 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assemby, today unanimously adopted a series of measures aimed at stopping sexism and sexual harassment in parliaments.

Committee sets out plan to stamp out hate-speech in sport

07/03/2019 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Equality Committee has called for a series of measures to stop hate speech or acts of hate in sport – including requiring all players and athletes to formally commit to abstain from such acts.

Two rapporteurs condemn the latest alleged murder, torture and illegal detention of LGBTI persons in Chechnya

15/01/2019 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Frank Schwabe and Piet De Bruyn today condemned the recent alleged attacks on the LGBTI community in Chechnya, during which two people were reportedly tortured to death and around forty detained by the authorities.

Promoting the rights of persons belonging to national minorities

06/12/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Equality Committee reiterated its appeal to all member States “to respond positively to the needs of persons belonging to national minorities and to safeguard their rights”.

Inclusion of persons with disabilities: time for a change of mindsets

03/12/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pledges to “leave no one behind” and mentions equality and inclusion as fundamental principles. We should fully support this approach, stated Adão Silva.

Empowering intersex people: a crucial means of guaranteeing their rights

26/10/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“For far too long, discrimination against intersex people has played havoc with their lives and led to appalling violations of their rights,” said Piet De Bruyn, on the occasion of Intersex Awareness Day.

'It’s time to move on from out-dated approaches to gender identity'

19/10/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"On the Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, I welcome the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove transgender identities from the mental health disorders chapter of the new ICD 11,” said Piet De Bruyn.

No to discrimination in access to employment

11/10/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The right to work is a fundamental right. Yet discrimination in access to employment remains a real problem in member States, whatever the ground of discrimination at issue, PACE Committee on Equality said.

Recognising sign languages as official languages

09/10/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Unanimously adopting a draft resolution, based on a report prepared by Miren Edurne Gorrotxategui (Spain, UEL), the Committee on Equality called for the official recognition of sign languages.

Promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market

09/10/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Persons with disabilities encounter many obstacles to accessing the labor market, such as prejudice on their competences or the unwillingness of employers to provide reasonable accommodations,” regrets the committee.

A call for the official recognition of sign languages

21/09/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Sign languages are used by millions of deaf people throughout the world and contribute to creating communication bridges between deaf and hearing people,” said Mrs Gorrotxategui on the eve of the International Day of Sign Languages.