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Commisioner for Human Right’s report finds LGBT Discrimination is still prevalent across Europe

June 23rd 2011

Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releases report on the discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

Following a comprehensive study of homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, Commissioner Hammarberg has today released a report on the socio-legal analysis of the situation of LGBT persons.

The report provides an analysis of: Attitudes and perceptions; Legal Standards and their implementation; Protection: violence and asylum; Participation: freedoms of assembly, expression and association; Privacy: gender recognition and family life; Access to healthcare, education and employment and Research and data collection.

The commissioner has produced a set of key recommendations for the authorities of Council of Europe member states. In which he calls for the setting up of “independent national structures for promoting equality and nondiscrimination. The scope of their mandate should include discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity”, highlighting the important role equality bodies have to play in ending LGBT discrimination.

To read the report in full please click here