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‘Stop altering intersex children’s bodies’ says General Rapporteur

26/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Despite growing awareness of their situation, in 2020 intersex people continue to suffer in their daily lives and see their dreams frustrated as a consequence of unnecessary medical and surgical interventions, often practised on intersex infants and children without their consent,” said Fourat...

‘To live together peacefully in today’s Europe, we must use the rule of law to fight hate and protect...

21/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The horrendous murder of French teacher Samuel Paty on the outskirts of Paris, currently investigated as an act of terrorism, is not only an abominable crime, but also an attack against freedom of expression and peaceful living together, in France and the whole of Europe”, said Momodou Malcolm...

Day of the Girl Child: rapporteurs call on parliaments to combat ‘an emerging backlash against the rights...

09/10/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE), PACE’s General Rapporteur on Violence against Women, and Baroness Doreen Massey (United Kingdom, SOC), rapporteur on addressing sexual violence against children, issued the following statement to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October: “25...

Artificial intelligence: act now to prevent discrimination

11/09/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Many uses of artificial intelligence (AI) can have a direct impact on equality of access to fundamental rights, including the right to private life and access to justice, employment, health and public services. Considering that such uses of AI may cause or exacerbate discrimination in these...

Statement by the Committee on Equality, which reaffirms its support for the Istanbul Convention

11/09/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Meeting by videoconference today, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination reaffirmed its support for the Istanbul Convention by adopting the following statement: “The Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

Stop Islamophobic attacks in Europe, says General Rapporteur on Combating Racism

10/09/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Against a Europe-wide backdrop of increasing intolerance against Muslims, Nordic countries have in recent weeks experienced a wave of Islamophobic incidents organised by far-right supporters and groups,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and...

Upholding gender, equality and non-discrimination in times of crisis and pandemics

15/07/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

To face new waves of pandemics and other crises, governments will need to take a differentiated approach, and ensure that responses are “comprehensive and inclusive” and take full account of the diversity of our societies, said the Equality Committee, adopting a report by Petra Stienen...

Webinar: the ongoing ‘pain’ of institutional racism in Europe must end

03/07/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Following the Black Lives Matter protests in the US and Europe, parliamentarians came together with anti-racism officials and campaigners during a PACE webinar to condemn the “denial of the painful reality” of an estimated 15 million people of African descent living in Europe, and to demand...

Poland: ‘stop the rhetoric of hate against LGBTI people’ says PACE General Rapporteur

25/06/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Increasing attacks against LGBTI people in Poland over the past weeks and months must stop,” declared Fourat Ben Chikha (Belgium, SOC), the General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaking today. “It is alarming to see that...

Including a gender dimension in foreign policy

24/06/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

According to the Equality Committee, member States should ensure a gender dimension in their foreign policies, in view of promoting inclusiveness, equality and non-discrimination and to counter the backlash against women's rights. The report by Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE), adopted by the...

COVID-19: women should be at the heart of responding to crises

12/06/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Women should be fully involved at the heart of crisis response planning and decision-making, participants agreed at a PACE webinar on the gender dimension of foreign policy in the response to COVID-19, bringing together parliamentarians with current and former diplomats as well as academics...

Upholding human rights in times of crisis and pandemics: the right to equality and non-discrimination

11/06/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination held an exchange of views on  5 June 2020 on “Upholding human rights in times of crisis and pandemics: the right to equality and non-discrimination”. The exchange followed the appointment of Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE) as rapporteur for a...