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‘Little Amal’, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a Syrian refugee girl, visits PACE and the Council of Europe

Little Amal, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee girl who is walking across Europe to raise awareness of the situation of child refugees, is to visit PACE and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 30th September 2021. Amal’s visit is one of the stops on “The Walk”, an... More

Committee highlights rise in hatred against LGBTI people

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination expressed concern at the increase in hate speech, violence and hate crimes against LGBTI people in Council of Europe member States. “The scapegoating and violations of LGBTI people’s civil rights come to a large extent from political figures... More

Parliamentarians debate a series of far-reaching proposals to ‘anchor’ the right to a healthy environment

A series of seven reports for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) are demanding a paradigm shift in international and national law, as well as government policies, to ensure that a healthy environment is recognised as a basic human right. In an unprecedented all-day debate... More

Combating discrimination against Roma and Travellers in the field of housing

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination has condemned the fact that many Roma and Travellers in Europe “still live, against their will”, in unsuitable and racially segregated housing on the outskirts of urban areas, often lacking the most basic amenities and vulnerable to forced... More