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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.

 

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.

 

The National Centre for Human Rights recently published its report on "The observance of Human Rights including the principle of equal treatment in the Slovak Republic for the year 2016".

 

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Fouad Belkacem, the leader and spokesperson of the radical Muslim organization Sharia4Belgium. His Youtube videos calling for viewers to overpower non-Muslims and fight them, cannot be considered as freedom of expression. This decision is welcomed by Unia: in the past, Unia has filed complaints at the Antwerp Criminal Court against Sharia4Belgium on multiple occasions.

 

The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has published their 2016 Annual Report in English.

 

Unia received no fewer than 5,619 reports of discrimination in 2016. These led to 1,907 case files being opened concerning possible discrimination, hate speech or hate crimes. This represents an increase of 20 percent from 2015.

 

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland recently released a ‘Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland’. This highlights their assessment of inequalities and differences in housing experiences faced by equality groups across the Section 75 equality categories in Northern Ireland.

 

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