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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...

A ‘window of opportunity’ for determined action to stamp out Afrophobia or anti-Black racism

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Racism, including Afrophobia or anti-Black racism, is still “rife in Europe”, according to PACE’s Equality Committee, but recent increased public awareness of the problem has created a “window of opportunity” for determined action to eradicate it. Unanimously approving a report by Momodou Malcolm...

Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Although significant progress has been made with regard to the participation of women in political and public decision-making in Europe, such progress is too slow and uneven. In addition, there is still a lack of participation and representation in political and public decision-making of women...

Violence against women in the public and private spheres

10/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 15 March, PACE’s Sub-Committee on Gender Equality and the “Women Free from Violence” Parliamentary Network will join forces with the Swiss authorities for an event taking place on the fringes of the 65th session of the Commission for the Status of Women, the United Nations body dedicated to...

8 March: men and women need to push together more forcefully for change

08/03/2021 | President

According to the PACE President, “men and women need to push together more forcefully for change to come. This is our responsibility, as citizens and as politicians.”For PACE Equality Committee Chair Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), "we just can’t afford to keep ignoring the knowledge and experience we...

A new brochure to disseminate PACE's work in the field of combating racism and intolerance

20/01/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A new brochure compiling a series of texts adopted by PACE between 2014 and 2019 in the field of the fight against racism, intolerance, and hate and hate speech has just been published online, at the initiative of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance. These texts take stock of the situation, but...