Sunday, 12 May 2013

EU report on LGBT discrimination published this week

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will publish on Friday 17th May what it describes as the 'largest-ever LGBT hate crime and discrimination survey':

'Around 93,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from all across the EU and Croatia completed the survey, making it the largest and most comprehensive survey of its kind to date. LGBT people were asked whether they had experienced discrimination, violence, verbal abuse or hate speech on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Participants were also asked to identify where such incidents took place, such as at school, work, when seeking healthcare or in public places.'

The Programme for the launch event to be held in The Hague is available, and Maria Ochoa- Llidó, Acting Director of Human Rights and Anti-discrimination, will represent the Council of Europe. 

The published report, although fundamentally an EU initiative, will no doubt prove to be a very important resource in the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights. It is likely to be referenced by applicants in the Court but, more importantly, will potentially be used by the Court's judges in their 'fact finding' on particular issues. 

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