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Istanbul Pride ban: peaceful Pride marches should be protected, not stopped

The decision of the governor of Istanbul to ban the Istanbul Pride march of 1 July 2018, for the fourth year in a row, is a deeply regrettable breach of the fundamental right to freedom of assembly, said Piet De Bruyn. More

Integration policies concerning migrants and refugees should take into account the gender dimension

Council of Europe member States should ensure gender sensitivity in the design and implementation of all integration policies for migrants and refugees, the PACE Equality Committee said. More

Russia urged to investigate persecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya

The Russian Federation has been urged to investigate the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic, following reports in 2017 of cases of abduction, arbitrary detention and torture of gay men”. More

Committee spells out ways to promote gender equality in the economy

PACE’s Equality Committee has set out a wealth of measures Council of Europe member States should take to promote women's empoerment in the economy, whether as empolyees, managers or entrepreneurs. More

Stop forced marriage

“Forced marriage is not simply a question of being forced to accept a spouse but involves a series of violent acts against primarily women and girls and concerns all members States,” said Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo. More

Basic rights of LGBTI people are still flouted, says general rapporteur

“Over the last year we have seen regrettable setbacks in the situation of the daily lives of many LGBTI people in Europe,” said Piet De Bruyn, on the occasion of the Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. More