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Albania: a parliamentary seminar against hate

23/11/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A seminar on the Albanian legislation with regard to the fight against intolerance, discrimination and hatred, organised by PACE, the Parliament of Albania and the No Hate Alliance, took place in Tirana on 24 November.

Intersex Awareness Day: 'Guaranteeing intersex people’s rights concerns us all'

25/10/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Every day, children are born with sex characteristics that are not exclusively either male or female. Yet there is little awareness of their situation and this lack of knowledge is linked to violations of their rights, said Piet De Bruyn.

Police harassment of gay men and transgender women in Azerbaijan must stop

29/09/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I am deeply concerned by reports that gay men and transgender women in Azerbaijan have recently been targeted by the police,” said Piet De Bruyn, PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI persons, today.

Call for a ban on ‘sex-normalising’ surgery for intersex children

18/09/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A committee has called for a ban on any medically unnecessary "sex-normalising" surgery, as well as sterilisation and other treatments on intersex children without their informed consent.

Empowering women in the economy to strengthen the economy itself

18/09/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Empowering women in the economy of a country is a means of both reducing intolerable discrimination and strengthening the economy itself,” said Brigitte Longuet, addressing the committee today.

Roma genocide: remembering the past to strengthen the fight against prejudice

01/08/2017 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of International Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, Milena Santerini calls to strengthen their efforts to ensure that sites where Roma were persecuted and exterminated during World War II are recognised.

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.