Posted on 28. March 2012 in Resources

The conference “Combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity across Europe: sharing knowledge and moving forward” started yesterday (March 27) and brings together LGBT rights activists and politicians, including ministers. It will look at how to transform the Council of Europe’s existing LGBT rights recommendation into reality, focusing on protection from hate crime and bullying, education and employment, family life and transgender equality.

In an interview with Human Rights Europe, executive director of ILGA-Europe Evelyne Paradis discusses the strategies necessary to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

On Saturday, March 31, candidates for the French presidency will meet in the Folies Bergères in Paris and will explain to the audience of 2000 people and many media representatives what their position is regarding LGBT rights.

Switzerland is still weak in its combat against discrimination according to Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. He added: “To fully meet European and international human rights standards, Switzerland needs to strengthen its anti-discrimination legislation”. A comprehensive law against discrimination would help overcome the persisting deficiencies, not only when it comes to the rights of non-nationals but also for the protection and promotion of gender equality, the rights of disabled persons and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.