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It is important to view the phenomenon of hate speech from a human rights perspective because hate speech touches upon the very core of our democracy: freedom of expression. Having said that, freedom of expression is not an absolute, and thus we are faced with a human rights dilemma. While freedom of expression should be respected, marginalised groups should be protected against acts motivated by hate, discrimination and racism.

The objective of the study by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is to gain insight into how often hate speech appears in connection with news dissemination and debate.

 

Recent reports that Northern Ireland has reached ‘effectively full employment’ is good news. However, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s Statement on Key Inequalities in Northern Ireland strikes a cautionary note.

 

The 2017 Annual Report of the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights highlights the main tasks of the Centre throughout last year.

 

 

In 2017, Slovak National Centre for Human Rights conducted research with 11-19 year olds in elementary and secondary schools on their attitudes towards religious groups, racial and ethnic groups and well as people from neighbouring countries.

 

Discrimination in the housing market is forbidden, and we all have the right to an adequate standard of living. Race/Ethnic Origin and Gender cannot be used as reasons to deny someone a home.

 

The Centre for Equal Treatment in Luxembourg has published a short practical guide for employees on their rights in the recruitment process.

 

On 18 April 2018, the Centre for Equal Treatment (CET) presented its annual report 2017 to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Mars DI BARTOLOMEO and to the Minister for Family, Integration and the Greater Region, Mrs. Corinne CAHEN.

 

The Defender of Rights Annual Report for 2017 was presented by Jacques Toubon on 11 April, and will subsequently be shared with the President of the Republic as well as to the Presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate.

 

This summary of the Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2017 emphasises the main matters and issues that show systemic problems or are of particular importance for the public, at the same time giving an idea of the scope of work performed by the Ombudsman’s Office in 2017. Certain sections feature Ombudsman’s conclusions or theses regarding understanding of certain legal institute, if a problem has been established in relation thereto, as well as emphasise examples of good or bad practice with regard to the
implementation of recommendations of the Ombudsman of Latvia.

 

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