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Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins and Executive Director Anne Gaspard met with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Chief Commissioner Emily Logan and her team while in Dublin on 17 October last.


The European Commission announced the winners of the European Journalist Awards on Diversity at the historical General Post Office in Dublin on Monday, 17th October. This Award recognises excellent journalism that promotes diversity and raises awareness of discrimination in the EU.


The Slovak National Centre for Human Rights published its report on the observance of human rights including the observance of the principle of equal treatment in the Slovak Republic for the year 2015.


In this joint article written following a meeting in Paris on 20 September, the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Michael O’Flaherty, and the French Defender of Rights, Jacques Toubon, express their disquiet about the state of human rights in the EU and offer suggestions to improve the situation in particular areas of concern.


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.


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