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The European Directory of Equality Bodies is a new database which brings together up-to-date profiles of our member equality bodies with comparable search options on their mandates, functions and accountability.

 

On 27 September 2016, our German colleagues at the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) celebrated their tenth anniversary, together with the ten years of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) in Berlin.

 

The Defender of Rights has launched the results of a call for evidence conducted in spring 2016 on ethnic discrimination in access to employment. These results illustrate the variety of challenges faced by people of foreign origin and the impact on their professional and personal lives.

 

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.

 

Equality in Europe and Finland

September 15th 2016

The Equinet Executive Board and Secretariat were invited to Helsinki on 7 September by our Finnish members, the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Equality, to meet with staff members and Finnish stakeholders to discuss the work of equality bodies and common challenges for equality in Europe.

 

The project of the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) ’Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes’ will be co-financed by the European Commission. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.

 

This Report deals with the activities of the Public Defender of Rights as the National Equality Body.

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has released a report "Prejudice and unlawful behaviour, exploring levers for change" looking at the relationship between prejudice and behaviours. It aims to identify what can be done to prevent and respond to unlawful discrimination, identity-based harassment and violence in England, Scotland and Wales.

 

This report is the result of work commissioned by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC, hereafter the Commission) on the causes and perpetration of hate crime in Great Britain, based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law: disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, sexual orientation.

The report gives an overview of hate crime evidence to inform criminal justice agencies in their approach, with thoughts from the law, policy and social science.

 

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.

 

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