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The vast majority of Muslims in the EU have a high sense of trust in democratic institutions despite experiencing widespread discrimination and harassment, a major survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The survey captures the experiences of Muslim immigrants and their EU-born children, revealing that public attitudes have changed all too little over the last decade.

 

The Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission (the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance - ECRI) in a new report concludes that Slovenia satisfactorily implemented two out of three recommendations made in its last country monitoring report for priority implementation within two years.

 

A new 2012-2017 report on Montenegro published by the Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission commends the authorities for strengthening protection against hate crimes, empowering the Ombudsman and improving the situation of Roma. Yet, LGBT persons are still targets of violence, Roma remain at risk of social exclusion and segregation, and no reliable data on hate crimes exists.

 

The Ombudsman of Latvia translated the Equinet Handbook “How to build a case on equal pay” into Latvian. Drafted by Equinet’s Gender equality working group, the handbook was distributed to legal practitioners and legal magazines in Latvia.

 

1 in 5 people in Croatia have been discriminated against at least once in the last five years, most frequently in employment and health care. However, 68% of them did not seek help, as they thought that this would not change their situation or that it would worsen. These are some of the results of the "Survey on Attitudes and Level of Awareness on Forms of Discrimination“, which the Office of the Ombudswoman presented on 11 September 2017 in the European House.

 

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, examines the added value of developing a democratic rule of law and fundamental rights-based approach to the protection of minorities in the EU legal system, from an ‘intersectional’ viewpoint.

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published a strategy setting out what needs to change and who needs to take action to reduce gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps.

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a 5 point plan on how Britain can keep and strengthen its status as a world leader on equality and human rights after they leave the European Union. The plan covers: (1) protecting parliamentary sovereignty over the UK’s equality and human rights legal framework (2) keeping the UK’s equality and human rights legal framework as they leave the European Union (3) making sure the UK is a global leader on equality and human rights (4) protecting the UK’s equality and human rights infrastructure (5) promoting the UK as an open and fair place to live and do business.

 

As health and social care budgets are slashed, disabled people’s right to independent living is being continually eroded, the UK’s equality and human rights bodies have said.
The warning comes ahead of a UN examination of the UK’s track record on disabled people’s rights on 23-24 August, which will be attended by Equinet members ECNI and the EHRC, amongst others.

 

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights published its Annual Report 2016 on its own and deputies’ activities.

 

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