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Albania: Annual Report

July 23rd 2018

The Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination (CPD) exercises its mandate in accordance with law no.10221, dated 04.02.2010 “On Protection from Discrimination” and has therefore established his long-term vision on the changes it intends to achieve by focusing on the respect of this law and other relevant legislation, as well as enforcing the tangible human rights.

In this regard, the vision of the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination is: "Living in a society where the principle of equality, opportunities and equal chances are promoted".

During the year 2017, the activity of the CPD was guided by the legislation in force and the recommendations of the Parliament of the Republic of Albania, given on the activity of the CPD for 2017.

 

Gender segregation in education and the labour market is one of the outstanding challenges to achieve equality for women and men. In the EU, gender segregation in tertiary education is most pronounced in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), where men are over-represented, whereas women are over-represented in education, health, welfare, humanities and the arts (EIGE, 2017).

 

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) Annual Report highlights the hard work of the Commission throughout 2017 for the enhancement of equal treatment in various sectors of society. Substantial progress has been registered. Various initiatives were undertaken to safeguard equality on the basis of the grounds covered by NCPE’s remit ranging from the investigation of complaints of cases of alleged discrimination; awareness raising; dissemination of information on rights and responsibilities and empowerment; the provision of input and contributions to policies and other documents through research; the training given to different stakeholders; monitoring the implementation of gender mainstreaming; as well as an active contribution in relation to equality in the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

Bullying is widespread and can have harmful effects on children and young people’s attainment, ambition, emotional wellbeing and health.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new help and advice on tackling prejudice-based bullying in schools by recording, reviewing and responding to data.

 

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.

 

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