LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Council of Europe recommendation on the rights of older people

The Committee of Ministers adopted a recommendation to member States on the promotion of human rights of older persons on 19 February 2014.

The principles of this new Recommendation (Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)2) are illustrated with examples of good practices, provided by member States or by observers. In accordance with paragraph 3, member States are encouraged to provide additional examples related to the implementation of the Recommendation, which will be published on the website of the Council of Europe.

There are only a few references references to sexual orientation in the recommendation, but some important elements are worth highlighting:

  • Part 2 on non-discrimination, point 8 on multiple discrimination (sexual orientation appears in the explanatory memorandum)
  • Part 3 on autonomy, point 11 on sexual intimacy
  • Part 6 on care, point 32 on confidentiality