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To mark 10 years since their establishment, Unia took a critical look at the antidiscrimination and antiracism law in Belgium and published a report with 27 recommendations. In brief, Unia concludes that the laws are insufficient for certain victims and do not always have enough impact. The report was written based on Unia’s experience with some 17,000 cases. The current laws have now been in place for 10 years.

 

The Danish Institute for Human Rights’ (DIHR) annual report to the Danish Parliament has been released. The report provides a status of the human rights situation in Denmark as well as highlighting some of the results they have achieved through their international work. DIHR also acts as the national equality body for matters of racial and ethnic origin and for gender issues. In addition, they have a special role in the disability area, where they promote and monitor implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

The enumeration of protected characteristics in the law is open-ended, the last one mentioned is „other situation, characteristic or feature” in Section 8 (t). This does not imply, however, that the law affords protection based on any characteristic or situation that might conceivably apply to an individual, for that would render the regulation meaningless. The range of characteristics and situations protected under this concept must be similar to the explicitly listed characteristics in the law.

This publication by the Equal Treatment Authority outlines the concept of other situation and its appearance and interpretation in the Authority’s application of the law.

 

This Report deals with the 2016 activities of the Czech Public Defender of Rights, as the national equality body. Apart from its national engagements, it has a focus on standards for equality bodies, and highlights its rich participation in the Equinet network.

 

Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?.

The report includes chapters on six areas of life, including education, work, health, justice and participation in politics, looking at where there has been progress and where there are still serious issues to be tackled. It also looks at the experiences of those with different impairments and how these impact on people’s life chances.

 

The Slovak National Centre for Human Rights has released a report of its 2016 activities.

 

For its 10th edition, the Barometer on the perception of discrimination in employment by the French Defender of Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) has returned to a general picture of representations and experiences of discrimination in the workplace. At the same time, it develops an intersectional approach to show the heterogeneity of inequalities according to social groups.

 

The research “Education and Community Living as a Precondition of Equality of Children with Disabilities” was carried out in the period from May to October 2015 within the project “Children with Disabilities in Residential Institutions as Victims of Multiple Discrimination”. The aim of the project is to contribute to the fight against discrimination against children with disabilities in the education system, and it is implemented by the Mental Disabilities Rights Initiative MDRI-S in partnership with the Initiative for Inclusion VelikiMali and cooperation with the Commissioner for Protection of Equality. The project is supported by the European Union under the Civil Society Facility 2013.

 

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of the mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people.

 

The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud has recently published a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In the report, the Ombud describes the main equality challanges in Norway, including harassment, violence, digital violence and rape. A main focus of the report is how stereoptypes and narrow gender roles affect the realisation of fundamental rights for women and girls. The remaing equality challenges in Norway are the hardest and requires considerable political mobilization, according to Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud Hanne Bjurstrøm

 

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