The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has set up a Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. It is responsible for equality, discrimination (on any grounds), all forms of racism, xenophobia and the situation of minorities.
“A too great number of LGBT people across Europe are being barred from being themselves. Their ability to enjoy their basic human right of living with dignity, to enjoy life and express themselves freely without discrimination, is being denied.”
On 20 March, FRA took part in a meeting of the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on Human Rights (CDDH) which discussed the implementation of Council’s recommendation on fundamental rights of LGBT people.
The FRA presented on 29 November its two recent reports on hate crime and on minorities as victims of crime. This presentation was given as part of the fundamental rights exhibition at the European Parliament and was followed by a panel debate organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI).
As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people continue to face serious challenges in fully enjoying their fundamental rights, the FRA calls for robust data to better understand and address the extent of discrimination and hate crime across the European Union.