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Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins recently participated in the General Assembly of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and spoke about the need for standards for equality bodies, as well as the discriminatory impact of counter terrorism measures in Europe.

It was a great opportunity to meet with some of our members, which due to their mandate are not only Equality Bodies, but also National Human Rights Institutions.

 

Equinet is running a call for proposals in order to identify the best candidate to carry out its external evaluation for 2016.

Deadline 21 November 2016 (9:00 a.m.)

 

Following the recent focus on the important work of journalists to promote equality and diversity, Equinet is deeply concerned to hear that one of the winners of the European Journalism Award on Diversity has received hateful and threatening posts on social media.

We condemn all forms of online hate speech, and do not tolerate trolls who threaten the work of journalists in general.

 

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.

 

 

Equality Bodies

On 8 November, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania enacted the amendment of the Law on Equal Treatment that introduces the highest standards of independence for the equality body in Lithuania. Amendments were initiated by the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and will come into force from 1 January 2017.

From 2017, the full name of the position will be the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania. The main changes include competence requirement for the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and clearly regulated hitherto unregulated Ombudsperson’s impartiality and independence.

 

The Centre for Equal Treatment (CET) organised a celebratory seminar to celebrate 10 years of equal treatment legislation in Luxembourg on 28 November 2016.

Equinet was honoured to participate and be invited to contribute to this event.

 

The Serbian Commissioner for the protection of Equality organizes “The First Regional Forum of South-east Europe Equality Bodies“ on the occasion of the International Tolerance Day (Belgrade, 16 November 2016, 11:00 -13:00).

 

On the 9th and the 10th of November 2016 the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights is hosting a seminar organised by Equinet, focusing on the fight against discrimination on grounds of race and ethnic origin.

 

Madam X. was born male and underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1997. Since then she has gone through life as a woman without any problems, until she wanted to take out hospitalisation insurance. The insurance company only wanted to agree to taking out an insurance policy with her if there was a specific exclusion in the policy that related to her trans identity. The judge in the first instance ruled that this condition discriminates against transgender people.

 

 

Europe

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.

 

On the 26th of August 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted two general comments relating to the rights of women and girls with disabilities under Article 6 and the right to inclusive education for persons with disabilities under Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

 

The "HELP in the 28" Programme organised an European Seminar on the "Fight against racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia", in collaboration with the Spanish School for the Judiciary in Barcelona on 26 and 27 July.

 

At the June meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Counci, the progress report of the Equal Treatment Directive, as well as conclusions on gender and LGBTI equality were discussed.

 

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published conclusions on the implementation of a number of recommendations made in its country reports on Finland, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation and San Marino which had been released in 2013.