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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.

Protecting the rights of traditional national minorities is a political priority

05/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The protection of the rights traditional national minorities should remain a political priority. It plays an essential role for peace and stability in Europe and is an efficient means of conflict prevention, the Committee said.

Put an end to impunity for the sexual exploitation of children

03/03/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“In spite of the efforts to tackle it, sexual exploitation of children is on the rise”, Stella Kyriakides and José Mendes Bota declared today on the occasion of the World Day against Sexual Exploitation.

Tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christianity

28/02/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A hearing on this subject will be a highlights of the meeting of Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination which will be held in Vienna on 4-5 March in the context of the preparation of a report by Valeriu Ghiletchi.

General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people to make fact-finding visit to Lithuania

25/02/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Robert Biedroń General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people, will make a fact-finding visit to Lithuania. During his stay he will meet with representatives of the Ministries of Justice and of Social Security and Labour.

Sochi should not divert attention from violations of rights against LGBT people

06/02/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“When the Winter Olympic Games open with a display of music and lights, we should not forget that LGBT people across Russia are facing increasing violations of their rights", said the General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.