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A European Parliament resolution was adopted on 13 September on creating labour market conditions favourable for work-life balance. The work of equality bodies and Equinet is referred to regularly, and amongst other issues, they call on Member States to strengthen the role, capacities and independence of the equality bodies, including Equinet, inter alia through the provision of adequate funding.


Report: Combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere, prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 68/151 and 70/140.


ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.


In July 2016 the Polish Ombudsman (Commissioner for Human Rights) published its Activity Report for 2015, focusing on the most important matters in the fields of constitutional and international law, criminal law, labour law, social security and uniformed services, civil law, administrative and economic law and the principle of equal treatment and combating discrimination.


New Council of Europe publication from June 2016 on sexual orientation and gender identity!


This Issue Paper prepared for the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights aims to spark the debate on getting integration right by reviewing available, legally binding Council of Europe and EU standards and the needs in key areas of integration: family reunion, long-term residence, language and integration courses, access to employment and services and democratic inclusion through political rights and citizenship.


’Diversity is good for business’ is BusinessEurope’s showcase of concrete examples by member federations or companies in the field of diversity that have already brought tangible results. These were presented to Ms Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality on 4 February 2016 on the occasion of a high-level roundtable on “Business practices on how to improve diversity at all levels”.


The principles of equality and non-discrimination form a cornerstone of the rights-based approach, which is adopted by the European Youth Forum and integrates the norms, standards and principles of the international human rights system into the development, implementation and evaluation of youth policy. One of the key methods of achieving this is by ensuring that youth are not negatively discriminated against on the grounds of age or on any other factor.


European Women on Boards (EWoB) has published two reports which examine the progress, challenges and best practice regarding women on the Boards of the 600 largest European-listed companies.


The Commission has adopted its annual report on Roma integration. This year’s assessment provides, for the first time, an overview of the measures put in place by Member States following the 2013 Council Recommendation on effective Roma integration measures, which required them to develop National Roma Integration strategies to promote access of Roma to education, employment, healthcare and housing.


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