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Persons with disabilities: achieving full inclusion requires strong political and financial commitments

"We cannot yet define our decision-making systems as fully inclusive since they continue to leave aside persons with disabilities most of the time,” said Elena Centemero, for the Day of Persons with Disabilities. More

'Time to break the silence and stop violence against women'

"Faced with challenges that undermine the very foundations of our democratic societies, we must maintain our commitment and fight for our values," declared Sahiba Gafarova, on the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. More

Put a halt to hate speech and sexist attacks, provide education on democratic citizenship from an early age

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Elena Centemero called on all member States of the Council of Europe to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention. More

Trans Day of Remembrance: a time to stand up for equality as we honour those who have gone

Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC) "We honour the memory of the hundreds of transgender people whose lives have been cruelly cut short in the past year due to unspeakable acts of hatred and violence,” said the General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people. More

Intersex children: “No shame, no secrecy, no unwanted medical interventions”

“It is time to end shame, secrecy and unwanted medical interventions on intersex children,” said rapporteurs Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC) and Piet De Bruyn (Belgium, NR), on the day of Intersex Awareness Day. More

"International labelling of transgender people as ill must stop", says rapporteur

Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC) “Being transgender is not an illness, and it is time that medical standards around the world reflect that,” said PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC). More