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Ensuring that parents have equal rights vis-à-vis their children

10/09/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

In adopting a draft resolution unanimously on equality and shared parental responsibility, the members said that the role of fathers vis-à-vis their children needs to be better recognised and properly valued.

World Anti-Trafficking Day: protecting victims must be the top priority

30/07/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"It's time to turn the spotlight on those hidden recesses where trafficking in human beings flourishes," said Gülsün Bilgehan, Chair of Equality Committee, speaking on the World Day against Trafficking.

Preventing Islamophobia while combating radicalisation of young people

23/06/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

There have been waves of young people from countries of Western Europe becoming fighters in various conflicts in the last decades, Professor Tahir Abbas of the Fatih University of Istanbul explained at a meeting.

Rapporteur 'deeply disappointed' by Moscow Gay Pride refusal

03/06/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Gay Pride rallies remind us that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in democratic societies,” said Jonas Gunnarsson, General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

Preventing and combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance should be a priority for member States

01/06/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly has condemned the alarming rise in racism, xenophobia and intolerance in Europe, at its meeting in Paris.

Rapporteur hails LGBT people’s ‘right to be visible’

15/05/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"Young LGBT people must never be made to feel afraid to express their sexual orientation and gender identity", Jonas Gunnarsson said on the eve of the International Day against Homophobia.

Equality Committee appoints three new General rapporteurs

23/04/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination appointed three new General Rapporteurs during its meeting on 21 April 2015 in Strasbourg: Sahiba Gafarova, Jonas Gunnarsson and Milena Santerini.

Sole custody after separation perpetuates an outdated gender role model

20/03/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At an Assembly hearing on 'equality and shared parental responsibility: the rights of fathers', participants stressed the importance of ensuring parental equality both in law and in practice.

'Stop discrimination of transgender people'

20/03/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Adopting a report on discrimination against transgender people in Europe, the Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination denounced human rights violations, including the right to respect for private life.

Access to justice is still all too often a luxury

20/03/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"Equal treatment in access to justice has to become a reality and Council of Europe member States need to ensure that their citizens have equal access to justice," parliamentarians said today.

Hearing on freedom of expression and hate speech

19/03/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

In the area of hate speech, many ideological and conceptual fractures exist at the European Court of Human Rights, said the participants during the meeting of the No hate Parliamentary Alliance held today in Paris.

'We must stay vigilant against new forms of intolerance'

04/03/2015 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Following a two-day visit to Germany, Ms Santerini has called for greater vigilance against movements such as Pegida and Legida, which spread the belief that people of different cultures and religions cannot live together in our countries.