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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.

Robert Biedroń welcomes Turkish Cypriot community’s decision to abolish the criminalization of homosexuality

30/01/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE's General Rapporteur on LGBT issues has welcomed with satisfaction the decision of the de facto authorities in the northern part of Cyprus to abolish the criminalization of same-sex consensual relations.

Reform of the Moroccan Penal Code: encouraging news, according to PACE rapporteur

27/01/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE rapporteur Fatiha Saidi has welcomed an amendment to Morocco’s Penal Code which prevents the rapist of a minor from escaping sentence by marrying his victim. "This reform was demanded by Moroccan civil society", she said.

Azerbaijan loses an LGBT human rights defender

24/01/2014 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the sudden death of Isa Sahmarli, the chairman of the Azerbaijan Free LGBT group, who took his own life on 22 January in Baku,” said PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

Serbia encouraged to pursue its efforts to protect the rights of traditional national minorities

17/12/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

I encourage the Serbian authorities to pursue their efforts for the protection of the rights of traditional national minorities and to ensure the implementation and harmonisation of the existing legislative framework, said Ferenc Kalmár.

The Equality Committee denounces racial profiling

05/12/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Racism is present in society, and therefore also in the police, and no country appears to be immune to it, said the committee, deploring an increase in racism and racist violence accompanied by a resurgence of racism in the police.

A European strategy needed to combat increasing racism and intolerance

05/12/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

It is urgent to combat racism and intolerance through a strategic approach that strengthens the legal framework and includes greater efforts to ensure its effective implementation, according to parliamentarians, adopting a text by Jonas Gunnarsson.

Disabled women and girls face a greater risk of violence

02/12/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Women and girls with disabilities need special attention, since they are exposed to higher risks of violence,” said Carmen Quintanilla on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Bucharest: Regional Conference on violence against women and the Istanbul Convention

21/11/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Parliamentarians from Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova and Serbia will gather in Bucharest on 25 November on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

First Pride march in Podgorica ‘an important step forward’

21/10/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Yesterday’s holding of a Pride march for the first time in Montenegro’s capital was an important step forward,” said Robert Biedroń (Poland, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

Call for online co-operation to curb sexual exploitation in cyberspace

17/10/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

To fight trafficking in human beings, we must also curb demand including in cyberspace said José Mendes Bota, General Rapporteur on violence against women, speaking on the eve of the 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day.

Does rehabilitation of perpetrators of violence work?

03/10/2013 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At a hearing on “Violence against women: does the rehabilitation of perpetrators work?”, Frédéric Matwies, author of the book “Il y avait un monstre en moi” related the ten years of violence which he inflicted on his ex-partner.