Press release - 277(2010)

Council of Europe to advance human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons

Strasbourg, 01.04.2010 - "The Secretary General of the Council of Europe welcomes the decision of the Committee of Ministers on Wednesday 31 March to adopt a recommendation to member states on measures to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This is an important achievement, being the first legal instrument in the world dealing specifically with one of the most long-lasting and difficult forms of discrimination to combat.

The recommendation, which draws on existing standards in international legal instruments, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights, will advance the enjoyment of all human rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

"The recommendation is an expression of the Council of Europe's commitment to the equality for all and respect for the dignity of all. I invite all member states to make all the necessary efforts to implement this recommendation", Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland declared".

Full text of the Recommendation

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