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European Court of Human Rights Holds Georgian Authorities Responsible for Homophobic Violence | Council of Europe

In its judgment delivered today in the case Identitoba and Others v Georgia the European Court of Human Rights has held the Georgian authorities responsible for homophobic violence against participants of a pride march in 2012. The Court stressed that Art. 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The authorities should have ensured more police manpower by mobilising, for instance, a squad of anti-riot police, and state authorities have the duty to take all reasonable steps to unmask possible discriminatory motives, the Court said. Discriminatory remarks and insults must in any event be considered as an aggravating factor, it made clear.

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Parliamentary Assembly Passes Historic Resolution on Trans-Rights | Council of Europe

In a resolution adopted today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called for abolition of the legal requirement of sterilisation and other compulsory medical treatment in laws regulating the procedure for changing a name and registered gender. Consideration should be given to the possibility of “including a third gender option in identity documents for those who seek it”.

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