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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the final products from its three-year programme of work on religion or belief. These consist of three documents: Religion or belief – is the law working?, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the religion or belief legal framework; online guidance for employers on key religion or belief topics; and online training modules on religion or belief for line managers (developed with ACAS) and union managers (developed with the TUC).

 

Half of the women who responded to an Equality Commission investigation into the employment experiences of pregnant workers and mothers in Northern Ireland believe that their career opportunities have been negatively affected by their pregnancy or maternity leave.

That is one of the findings of ‘Expecting Equality: a Formal Investigation under the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976’.

 

The Slovak National Centre for Human Rights published its report on the observance of human rights including the observance of the principle of equal treatment in the Slovak Republic for the year 2015.

 

The Defender of Rights has launched the results of a call for evidence conducted in spring 2016 on ethnic discrimination in access to employment. These results illustrate the variety of challenges faced by people of foreign origin and the impact on their professional and personal lives.

 

In July 2016 the Polish Ombudsman (Commissioner for Human Rights) published its Activity Report for 2015, focusing on the most important matters in the fields of constitutional and international law, criminal law, labour law, social security and uniformed services, civil law, administrative and economic law and the principle of equal treatment and combating discrimination.

 

The project of the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) ’Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes’ will be co-financed by the European Commission. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.

 

This Report deals with the activities of the Public Defender of Rights as the National Equality Body.

 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has released a report "Prejudice and unlawful behaviour, exploring levers for change" looking at the relationship between prejudice and behaviours. It aims to identify what can be done to prevent and respond to unlawful discrimination, identity-based harassment and violence in England, Scotland and Wales.

 

This report is the result of work commissioned by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC, hereafter the Commission) on the causes and perpetration of hate crime in Great Britain, based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law: disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, sexual orientation.

The report gives an overview of hate crime evidence to inform criminal justice agencies in their approach, with thoughts from the law, policy and social science.

 

The Hungarian Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights recently published the 2015 Annual Report.

 

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