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In a report adopted on 17 April 2018, the European Parliament calls for further measures to foster gender equality, including equality for LGBTI people, in media content and in the media sector.

 

This study prepared for the European Parliamentary Research Service focuses on EU action and cooperation concerning equality and the fight against racism and xenophobia. Despite existing EU legislation and action, it argues that there are still significant gaps and barriers to equal treatment and to adequate prevention and prosecution of, and compensation for, hate crimes within the European Union. The impact of the gaps and barriers identified – in action and cooperation – at EU level are assessed both in terms of economic impact and their impacts on economic rights and freedoms. To address these gaps and barriers, the study provides some options for EU action in the field, including strengthening equality bodies.

 

Despite ambitious initiatives, the fundamental rights situation of Roma in the EU remains profoundly troubling. This report by the Fundamental Rights Agency examines the persisting phenomenon of anti-Gypsyism and its effect on Roma inclusion efforts. It first presents data on key manifestations of anti-Gypsyism, namely discrimination, harassment and hate crime.

 

European non-discrimination law, as constituted in particular by the EU non-discrimination directives, and Article 14 of and Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibits discrimination across a range of contexts and grounds. This handbook examines European non-discrimination law stemming from these two sources as complementary systems, drawing on them interchangeably to the extent that they overlap, while highlighting differences where these exist.

 

Despite anti-discrimination laws, ethnic and religious minorities and migrants continue to face racial discrimination when looking for a job and in the workplace, according to a new report by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). Women of colour are disproportionately affected, as a result of the intersection of race, gender and class.

 

The European Commission published in December 2015 the List of Actions to Advance LGBTI Equality to move LGBTI equality forward. The Council adopted the first ever conclusions on LGBTI equality in June 2016 requiring the Commission to annually report on the implementation of the list of actions.

This report is the second of these annual reports, identifying the European Commission’s advances in this area.

 

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fifth report on Sweden in which it analyses legislatives issues, racist and homo-/transphobic hate speech and violence as well as integration policies. In the report, ECRI makes recommendations to the authorities (see also the Swedish version of the report).

 

In a report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission ECRI calls on the Spanish authorities to create a strong independent equality body, to adopt new comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and to improve the education of Roma and migrant children. The report also acknowledges significant progress in a number of areas.

 

To better protect people exposed to discrimination, states should step up the efficiency, independence and impact of equality bodies, says the Council of Europe’s anti-racism Commission in a new set of recommendations to the European governments published today.

Equinet warmly welcomes these recommendations to strengthen the independence, effectiveness, functions and powers of equality bodies which will result in more equal societies for all.

 

On 5 February 2018, Transgender Europe launched their latest report: "Oppression Squared: D/deaf and disabled trans experience in Europe" during a webinar, highlighting the various challenges that D/deaf and disabled trans people face in accessing their human rights and the barriers they experience in attempting to engage with LGBTIQ organizations. In this regard, the report presents a valuable source for organizations, including equality bodies, in ensuring accessibility and inclusiveness of their work for human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

 

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