European recommendation on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination

On 31 March 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The recommendation (CM/Rec(2010)5f) establishes how international human rights standards should be applied to LGBT people and contain specific measures for Member States on how they should improve their legislation, policies and practices to address discrimination against LGBT people in such areas as hate crime and hate speech; freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly; the right to respect for private and family life; employment; education; health; housing; sports; and the right to seek asylum.

Additionally, the Recommendations prescribe that Member States should ensure that national human rights structures are clearly mandated to address discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. They also encourage Member States to address multiple discrimination experienced by LGBT people.

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