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Equality Bodies

Bulgarian Commision for the Protection against Discrimination featured in The Parliament Magazine

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection Against Discrimination was featured in the 7th March Edition of The Parliament magazine which focused on Gender.

The Commission was established in April 2005 grounds of discrimination: sex; race; nationality; ethnic belonging; human genome; citizenship; origin, religion or belief; education; convictions; political affiliation; personal or public status; disability; age; sexual orientation; family status; property status; any other characteristics established by a law or by an international agreement to which the Republic of Bulgaria is party.

Bulgaria has been a member of Equinet since 2008.

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Equality Bodies

Cash-and-Carry found to discriminate against self-employed parents

The Czech Ombudsman recently concluded that a chain of cash-and-carry’s providing goods for self employed people was practicing indirect discrimination on the grounds of sex in banning access to accompanied children under the age of 12.

Following having been refused entry to the premises of one of the chain’s premises, the self-employed parents of a child under 12 petitioned the Czech Ombudsman on the grounds of their right to equal treatment in access to the store run by a company that specialised in providing goods to self-employed people.

The chain justified their policy on prohibiting children as being a matter of child safety; however, the Ombudsman decided that further investigation was necessary.

The Czech Anti-Discrimination act regulates the right to be treated equally in self employment as well as in access and provision of goods and services. It found that the store’s policy of denying access to accompanied children under the age of 12 has a disproportionate impact on the parents of the child in relation to the aim of the policy, which could have been achieved through other means.

The Ombudsman found that, in accordance with the Anti Discrimination Act, denying a parent accompanied by a child the right to access the goods and services provided by the store for self employed persons was indirect discrimination in performing self-employment on the grounds of sex.

The Czech Ombudsman was established in 2009 and became a member of Equinet at the start of 2010.

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Equality Bodies

Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency kicks off its ‘Campaign in Support of a Non-Discriminatory Society’

The FADA kicks off its Campaign in Support of a Non-Discriminatory Society

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External publications

ENAR Launch Shadow Report on Racism in Europe

The European Network Against Racism launched its 6th Shadow Report on Racism in Europe on Monday 21 March 2011

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External publications

ENAR Shadow Report in Racism in Europe 2009-2010

The European Network against Racism (ENAR) launched its 2009-2010 Shadow Report on Racism in Europe on Monday 21 March 2011.

The 6th Shadow Report on Racism in Europe collects and synthesises the perspective of civil society on racism. The report brings together national shadow reports of ENAR members in order to present key trends, problems and improvements in the context of racism in Europe.

Key Findings

The report collected data on manifestations of racism in the areas of employment, housing, education, health, access to goods and services, policing, racist violence and the media across 27 National shadow reports produced by NGOs in 26 EU Member States and Croatia.

The report makes a number of key recommendations to governments, with an emphasis on taking a rights based approach to discrimination and racism; mainstreaming anti-discrimination and equality across all areas of policy; the importance of developing data collection mechanisms at the European and National levels and the need to involve civil society stakeholders in the drafting and implementation of policy formation and practices.

Chibo Onyeji, President of ENAR, asserted that “We still have a long way to go before reaching effective equality for all. It is crucial that decision makers retain a focus on racism and ensure equality of treatment, particularly in times where an essential negative approach to migration has meant that migrants, or individuals perceived as migrants, are often treated as second class persons.”

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Europe

ENAR Launch Shadow Report on Racism in Europe

The European Network Against Racism launched its 6th Shadow Report on Racism in Europe on Monday 21 March 2011

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Europe

Joint Statement of the Council of Europe, the FRA and the OSCE on the occassion of International day for the Elimination of Racism

On the occasion of the International day for the Elimination of Racism the Council of Europe, EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) released a joint statement declaring that in order to fight racism and xenophobic States should ensure that:

  • Barriers to education, health care, housing, and employment are removed. Such policies should include the reintegration into mainstream schools of Roma children currently enrolled in special schools, and desegregation in the area of housing;
  • Adequate data are collected about the participation of vulnerable groups in these areas, in order to target policies better and to allow their impact to be assessed;
  • Legislation prohibiting racially motivated crime is introduced and enforced, along with training for law-enforcement officials in preventing and responding to these offences;
  • Measures are taken to address discrimination on other grounds in addition to ethnicity;
  • National bodies responsible for the protection of human rights are mandated and adequately resourced to monitor the prevalence of racism and related intolerance and to take measures to promote equality, including advice and support for victims;
  • Measures are taken to increase awareness of rights and complaints mechanisms, in order to address low reporting levels;
  • Journalists are provided with training to challenge prejudice and stereotypes, in order to encourage informed and nuanced public debate; and
  • Educational programmes and awareness-raising campaigns are designed to challenge prejudice and stereotypes and strengthen a climate of mutual tolerance and intercultural dialogue.
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Equality Bodies

Coming Together to Close the Gender Pay Gap

EHRC workshop identifies ways for NEBs to work together to close the Gender Pay Gap

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Legal activities / Case law

ECJ update: Ruling in the ‘Test-Achats’ case

[/ECJ ruling in the ‘Test-Achats’ case – no exemption is allowed from the rule of unisex premiums in the insurance and related financial services./]

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Legal activities / Case law

Reaction of the Belgian Institute for the Equality of Rights between Women and Men to the recent ECJ decision

[/The Belgian Institute for Equality between Women and Men have expressed their delight over the decision of the ECJ in the ‘Test-Achats” case. This marks an advance in equality between women and men both from the point of view of community law and the expected internal repercussions.

In 2010, 14% of complaints received by the Institute’s freephone number concerned the field of insurance. This trend (between 10% and 14% of the total number of their complaints) has been maintained since 2007.

Director of the Institute, Michel Pasteel, stated “We are convinced that this decision reinforces the principle of non discrimination and its implementation accross all fields of law, including the insurance industry”./]