Equality and Non-Discrimination


Artificial intelligence: act now to prevent discrimination

Many uses of artificial intelligence (AI) can have a direct impact on equality of access to fundamental rights, including the right to private life and access to justice, employment, health and public services. Considering that such uses of AI may cause or exacerbate discrimination in these... More

Statement by the Committee on Equality, which reaffirms its support for the Istanbul Convention

Meeting by videoconference today, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination reaffirmed its support for the Istanbul Convention by adopting the following statement: “The Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence... More

Stop Islamophobic attacks in Europe, says General Rapporteur on Combating Racism

“Against a Europe-wide backdrop of increasing intolerance against Muslims, Nordic countries have in recent weeks experienced a wave of Islamophobic incidents organised by far-right supporters and groups,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and... More

Upholding gender, equality and non-discrimination in times of crisis and pandemics

To face new waves of pandemics and other crises, governments will need to take a differentiated approach, and ensure that responses are “comprehensive and inclusive” and take full account of the diversity of our societies, said the Equality Committee, adopting a report by Petra Stienen... More

Webinar: the ongoing ‘pain’ of institutional racism in Europe must end

Following the Black Lives Matter protests in the US and Europe, parliamentarians came together with anti-racism officials and campaigners during a PACE webinar to condemn the “denial of the painful reality” of an estimated 15 million people of African descent living in Europe, and to demand... More

Poland: ‘stop the rhetoric of hate against LGBTI people’ says PACE General Rapporteur

“Increasing attacks against LGBTI people in Poland over the past weeks and months must stop,” declared Fourat Ben Chikha (Belgium, SOC), the General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaking today. “It is alarming to see that... More