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Death of Simone Veil: an icon of French politics and a committed European

30/06/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I would like to pay tribute to Simone Veil, who dedicated her life to women’s rights and European ideals,” said Elena Centemero, extending her sincere condolences on behalf of the PACE to the family of Simone Veil.

Piet de Bruyn, new General rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people

28/06/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination appointed Piet De Bruyn as the new PACE General rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people at its meeting in Strasbourg on 27 June 2017.

Sexual violence: introducing the 'no means no' principle in criminal codes

18/05/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The committee strongly condemns sexual violence and harassment of women in public space, pointing out that this was a problem affecting all countries. “But such violence is not unavoidable,” said Françoise Hetto-Gaasch.

Homophobic and transphobic violence: protecting victims, ending impunity

16/05/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Homophobic and transphobic violence deprive LGBTI people of their rights, violate their human dignity and condemn them to a life of fear,” declared Jonas Gunnarsson, on the eve of the Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Committee expresses deep concern on current threats to women’s rights in Europe

28/04/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality expressed its deep concern at the growing trend in European countries and beyond to challenge the achievements made in the field of women’s rights over recent decades.

Equality Committee members name their ‘inspiring women’

26/04/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Murdered British MP Jo Cox, the wife of Turkey’s second president Mevhibe Inönü, and former US first lady Michelle Obama are among role-models chosen as #InspiringWomen in a special project to mark Women’s Day.

Rapporteur visits Norway for ideas on how women can boost integration

13/04/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Gabriela Heinrich, who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly on “migration from a gender perspective: empowering women as key actors for integration”, is to visit Norway from 18 to 19 April.

International Roma Day: ‘We must break the cycle of ignorance and anti-Gypsyism’

06/04/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Discrimination against and exclusion of Roma and Travellers must give way once and for all to recognition and inclusion” said Milena Santerini, Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance.

Attacks against LGBT people in Chechnya: claims must be investigated and victims protected

05/04/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Alarming reports have been received from Chechnya concerning systematic abductions, torture and murders of individuals based on their sexual orientation,” said PACE rapporteurs.

No Hate Parliamentary Alliance: places of remembrance and cultural institutions

27/03/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Once again we are witnessing "a very worrisome spike in antisemitic, anti-Roma, islamophobic and especially anti-refugees and migrants rhetoric", Valeriu Nicolae told members of the No Hate Alliance on 21 March.

A manifesto for keeping the internet free from racial hatred

20/03/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination renewed its commitment to combating racism and hatred in all their forms.

The gender dimension of the refugee crisis 'has been largely overlooked'

20/03/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Many refugee and asylum-seeker women and girls have been exposed to gender-based violence. However, their protection has not been considered a priority in the management of the refugee crisis, today said the committee.