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Call for parliamentary action to further promote the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul...

21/06/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At its meeting on 21 June, the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence held a hearing today on the power of the Istanbul Convention as a tool for protection against violence against women and domestic violence. Council of Europe's Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge emphasized the...

Parliamentary hearing on the Istanbul Convention: a powerful tool for protection against violence

18/06/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At its next meeting on 21 June, the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence will hold a hearing on the power of the Istanbul Convention as a tool for protection against violence against women and domestic violence. Speakers will include the Council of Europe's Deputy Secretary General...

Hungary: PACE General Rapporteur denounces new legislation as ‘part of a concerted attack on LGBTI people...

16/06/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Yesterday, the Hungarian parliament adopted a raft of discriminatory legislative amendments designed to introduce a ban on the ‘portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality’ for persons under the age of 18,” said Fourat Ben...

Webinar on gender equality in migration policies

07/06/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“If we really want to integrate the protection of human rights in how we deal with the migration crisis, we need to look at a diversity of measures, a differentiation of data by gender as regards migrants, as well as a differentiation of voices and representation,” said Petra Stienen (Netherlands...

PACE General Rapporteur deeply concerned by wave of antisemitic attacks and hate speech

31/05/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I am deeply concerned by the wave of antisemitic hate speech recently observed on major social media platforms, with the use of Holocaust imagery and Nazi glorification, as denounced by a new report of the World Jewish Congress. Violent acts are also being physically committed,” Momodou Malcolm...

Strengthening the fight against so-called 'honour' crimes

18/05/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Strongly condemning so-called “honour” crimes, the Equality Committee called on member States to ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention, recalling that the convention clearly states that custom, tradition, culture, religion or so-called “honour” cannot justify violence. It said that no...

LGBTI rights: 'It’s time to act!' says General Rapporteur

17/05/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“It’s time to put an end to homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and intersexphobia, and to act decisively to achieve equality for all LGBTI people,” said Fourat Ben Chikha (Belgium, SOC), General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia...

France’s ‘anti-separatism’ bill risks undermining the fundamental values it aims to protect, General...

20/04/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), today made the following statement: “A bill on ‘Strengthening respect for Republican principles and against separatism’ has now been read in the two parliamentary chambers and will be submitted to...

Germany makes a voluntary contribution to the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence and the No...

20/04/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The government of Germany has made a voluntary contribution of €100,000 to support the activities of PACE’s Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence and No Hate Parliamentary Alliance. The Network Women Free from Violence aims to promote the ratification and effective implementation of the...

Committee condemns “grave human rights violations” committed against Crimean Tatars

15/04/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Reaffirming the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea, the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination condemned the “grave violations” of human rights that have been committed against Crimean Tatars, including killings and enforced disappearances, “which moreover have not since been...

‘Give a voice to Roma youth and civil society organisations in Parliaments’

08/04/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of International Roma Day, Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and Intolerance, made the following statement: “Fifty years ago today, the First World Romani Congress was held in London. This date, 8 April, was chosen as International Roma...

Statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

19/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), I pay tribute to the integrity and determination of all those who protested against racism over the last year, whether demonstrating in the streets of Europe’s big cities or using creative online...