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"International labelling of transgender people as ill must stop", says rapporteur

21/10/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Being transgender is not an illness, and it is time that medical standards around the world reflect that,” said PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC).

Milena Santerini: 'In combating radicalisation we must uphold fundamental freedoms'

09/09/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"It is important to find a balance between the fight against radicalisation and respect for fundamental freedoms," said Milena Santerini, at the opening of a seminar on the fight against racism, hatred and intolerance in France.

'Prevention must lie at the heart of the fight against female genital mutilation'

09/09/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination believes that prevention must lie “at the heart of all efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation” and must involve all the players concerned.

'Academic achievement and access to employment are key factors for Roma integration'

09/09/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly, believes that academic achievement and access to employment are key factors for the social integration of Roma and Travellers.

A seminar to combat racism, hatred and intolerance in France

01/09/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A seminar on the fight against racism, hatred and intolerance in France will be held at the Senate in Paris on Thursday 8 September, as part of the activities of the PACE No Hate Parliamentary Alliance.

Remembering Roma genocide victims is crucial to overcoming today’s discrimination

01/08/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“International Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us that there is still much to be done,” said the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, Milena Santerini.

'Let’s join forces against hate crime', says General Rapporteur

21/07/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"In a world which faces increasing hate and violence, we need to stay strong and true to our values,” said the General Rapporteur on combating intolerance, speaking on the eve of the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime.

Discrimination and violence against refugee women

22/06/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 22 June, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination and the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons held a joint hearing on discrimination and violence against refugee women.

Grief and outrage at mass homophobic shootings in Orlando

13/06/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The targeting of a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this weekend in a mass shooting is a horrific act of hate and of terror,” said Jonas Gunnarsson, General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

The Swedish way to gender equality

02/06/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 17-18 May, the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination held a meeting at the Riksdag in Stockholm, at the invitation of Jonas Gunnarsson, Chairperson of the Swedish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly.

All forces needed to combat racism

01/06/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Milena Santerini, General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, presented the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance to civil society organisations and the media at the Council of Europe Liaison office in Brussels.

Homophobia, transphobia, biphobia... Human rights still under threat

17/05/2016 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

While genuine progress has been made in combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, for many LGBT people, heinous attacks, prejudice and discrimination are still part of their everyday life.