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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.

It’s time to end discrimination against rainbow families, says PACE committee

19/09/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Declaring it “crucial and urgent” that European States overcome the discrimination experienced by both adults and children in rainbow families, a committee has called for the elimination of all unjustified differences in treatment.

Rapporteur’s visit to Denmark focuses on ‘the inclusion of persons with disabilities on the labour market’

06/09/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Adão Silva will conduct a fact-finding visit to Denmark on 10-11 September, in the context of the preparation of his report entitled “For a disability-inclusive workforce”.

As we remember the past, it is urgent to strengthen the fight against anti-Gypsyism

02/08/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Even as we pay tribute to the victims of the Roma genocide perpetrated during the Second World War, there are alarming signs that anti-Gypsyism is still rife in Europe,” said Gabriela Heinrich.

Istanbul Pride ban: peaceful Pride marches should be protected, not stopped

02/07/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The decision of the governor of Istanbul to ban the Istanbul Pride march of 1 July 2018, for the fourth year in a row, is a deeply regrettable breach of the fundamental right to freedom of assembly, said Piet De Bruyn.

Integration policies concerning migrants and refugees should take into account the gender dimension

27/06/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Council of Europe member States should ensure gender sensitivity in the design and implementation of all integration policies for migrants and refugees, the PACE Equality Committee said.

Stop forced marriage

05/06/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Forced marriage is not simply a question of being forced to accept a spouse but involves a series of violent acts against primarily women and girls and concerns all members States,” said Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo.

Russia urged to investigate persecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya

05/06/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Russian Federation has been urged to investigate the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic, following reports in 2017 of cases of abduction, arbitrary detention and torture of gay men”.

Committee spells out ways to promote gender equality in the economy

05/06/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Equality Committee has set out a wealth of measures Council of Europe member States should take to promote women's empoerment in the economy, whether as empolyees, managers or entrepreneurs.

Basic rights of LGBTI people are still flouted, says general rapporteur

16/05/2018 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Over the last year we have seen regrettable setbacks in the situation of the daily lives of many LGBTI people in Europe,” said Piet De Bruyn, on the occasion of the Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.