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Violence against women with disabilities is an invisible reality

29/07/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Women with disabilities are four times more likely to suffer from sexual violence than other women,” said Ana Peláez Narváez, member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Equality and the crisis: rapporteur to make fact-finding visit to Iceland

02/06/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Nikolaj Villumsen is to make a fact-finding visit to Reykjavík on 4-5 June, as part of the preparation of his report on equality and the crisis. He is due to meet, in particular, the Speaker of the Icelandic Parliament.

PACE to launch "No Hate Parliamentary Alliance"

02/06/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Hate speech against persons on the basis of race, religion, gender, disability, political views or sexual orientation, is proliferating quickly,the committee warned and decided to launch a 'No Hate Parliamentary Alliance'.

Moving “trans-rights” forward in national parliaments

02/06/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Discrimination on the grounds of gender identity is widespread in Council of Europe member states and transgender people face many forms of discrimination, similar to those experienced by LGB people.

IDAHO day: let LGBT people express themselves

16/05/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Freedom of expression is a pre-condition for dialogue and mutual understanding, and is instrumental to fighting homophobia and transphobia,” said Robert Biedroń, general rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

The Istanbul Convention will enter into force on 1 August 2014

24/04/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

José Mendes Bota welcomed the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by Andorra and Denmark which respectively became the 10th and 11th member states of the Council of Europe to ratify this legal instrument.

PACE rapporteurs say no to child marriage in Iraq

15/04/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Two key PACE rapporteurs appealed to their fellow Iraqi parliamentarians not to vote a bill called the “Jaafari law”, which would legalise forced and child marriage and marital rape.

A ‘No Hate Parliamentary Alliance against racism and intolerance’

20/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), Gisela Wurm proposed the setting up of a "No Hate Parliamentary Alliance against racism and intolerance".

Equality and the crisis: rapporteur to make fact-finding visit to Lisbon

13/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Nikolaj Villumsen is to make a fact-finding visit to Lisbon on 17-18 March, as part of the preparation of his report on equality and the crisis. He is due to meet in particular, the Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security.

Rapporteur urges Lithuanian Parliament to reject law change targeting LGBT rights

12/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Robert Biedroń has urged the Lithuanian Parliament to reject a change in the law which could impose administrative fines on those demonstrating publicly in support of LGBT rights.

How parliaments can work better with national human rights bodies

07/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Equal Opportunities Committee has spelled out a series of ways that parliaments and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can work together better, particularly on equality and non-discrimination issues.

Women Free from Violence: the starting point of prevention is creating awareness

05/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Meeting in Vienna on 4 March 2014, the Committee and the Parliamentary Network “Women Free from Violence” held an exchange of views with Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Austrian Federal Minister for Education and Women.