Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on LGBT rights

In March 2010 the 47 member states of the Council of Europe agreed to take a broad range of measures to combat sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. These measures are set out in a Council of Europe Recommendation, which is the world's first comprehensive intergovernmental agreement on the rights of LGBT people.

The Council of Europe agreed that it would review implementation of the Recommendation by member states in 2013. To support this review, ILGA Europe has been coordinating a project with NGOs in 16 Council of Europe member states preparing reports on how far the Recommendation has been implemented in their country.

The countries involved are Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia (summary, detailed), Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine.

For ILGA-Europe's summary of the findings of these 16 reports, and its detailed recommendations to the Council of Europe and member states, please click here.

The main findings of the project are that while there are signs of actions towards implementation of the Recommendation in five countries (Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal and Serbia), these actions are just a beginning. Moreover, in the other 11 countries, little or no action has been taken to implement the Recommendation. ILGA-Europe is therefore calling for substantive efforts by all member states to implement the Recommendation, and for the Council of Europe to increase its support to member states for this purpose.


For further information and advice please contact Nigel Warner, Advisor for ILGA-Europe on Council of Europe.

National reports

Find the national reports of the implementation of the Recommendation. (to be updated)

ILGA-Europe Summary report - Monitoring implementation of the CoE Recommendation

A survey of progress towards implementation in 16 member states at Januar 2013

Prepared by ILGA-­‐Europe with the help of Transgender Europe


Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights conducts review of implementation by member states of Recommendation on combating SOGI discrimination

In March 2010 the 47 member states of the Council of Europe adopted the world’s first intergovernmental agreement on combating sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination, the “Recommendation on combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity”. This identified how international human rights standards apply in the case of LGBT people, and set out measures for member states to take in combating discrimination against them.

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