European Commission’s decision to initiate infringement proceedings against Slovakia

On 29 April 2015, European Commission gave formal notice that it would start infringement procedures against the Slovak Republic for breach of EU Anti-Discrimination Law in relation to Romani children in schools.


ENNHRI Statement on the continuing tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea, a human rights approach

ENNHRI, which cooperates with its partners at the Fundamental Rights Agency, Council of Europe and Equinet in a collaborative Platform on Asylum and Migration, has issued a statement outlining how the EU can avoid more tragedies in the Mediterranean from a human rights perspective.


European Commission launches public consultation on ‘Equality between women and men in the EU ‘

On 21 April, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future of European policies for equality between women and men in the EU post-2015.

External publications

The results of the European project ‘RAINBOW HAS’ on the situation of LGBTI persons in schools

RAINBOW HAS Project, project dedicated to identifying the rights of children and adolescents with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity in education, has published a report ‘Rights through Alliances: Innovating and Networking Both Within Homes and Schools’.

External publications

Overview of youth discrimination in the European Union

This report, prepared for DG Justice and Consumers in the European Commission, focuses on two areas of discrimination from the perspective of young people (broadly speaking those aged between 15 and 25 years) – namely on discrimination on the grounds of racial and ethnic origin, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


Spotlight on Equality Bodies 2015/1

The Spotlight on Equality Bodies highlights the work of Equinet members across Europe.

Spotlight on Equality Bodies 2015

Spotlight on Equality Bodies 2015/1

The first edition for 2015, released in April, highlights the work of the following bodies:

  • Albania: Commissioner for the Protection from Discrimination
  • Belgium: Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities
  • Germany: Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
  • Ireland: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
  • Norway: Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud
  • UK Great Britain: Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Denmark: Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Czech Republic: Public Defender of Rights
  • Hungary: Equal Treatment Authority
  • Italy: National Office against Racial Discrimination
  • Portugal: Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality

It also gives links to the Annual Reports for 2014 of the following members:

  • Croatia – Ombudsperson for Gender Equality
  • Greece – Greek Ombudsman
  • Luxembourg – Centre for Equal Treatment
  • Netherlands – The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights
  • Serbia – Commissioner for Protection of Equality
  • UK Northern Ireland – Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Read the Spotlight here.


Request from the Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia – verification procedure about the rights for people with disabilities

The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has initiated a verification procedure about the rights for people with disabilities (vision, hearing, speech and intellectual disability) to enjoy the legal capacity under the Notaries law and procedural laws (Article 5, 12, 13 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

Thus, the Ombudsman’s Office would be grateful to receive information about good practice, norms and experience of your country for people with disabilities and their rights to use their legal capacity.

Current situation in Latvia:
[1] Article 86 of Notaries law:
86. The following may not act as witnesses to a notarial deed:
1) illiterates, minors and those who are unable to correctly and completely comprehend and certify the deed due to physical or mental deficiencies, namely those with mental impairments, hearing impairments, the speech disorder and the vision impairments;

[2] Article 94 of Notaries law:
94. In making deeds in which the person with hearing disability, person with speech disorder or the person with vision disability participate, the presence of at least two witnesses shall be required.

[3] People with disabilities cannot be witnesses also in civil proceedings and administrative proceedings.
Civil Procedure Law (Article 106), Administrative Procedure Law (Article 163):
The following persons may not be summonsed and examined as witnesses:
4) persons whose physical or mental deficiencies render them incapable of correctly perceiving circumstances of significance to the matter; and

According to above mentioned the Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia would be grateful to receive information about your country and answers to questions attached.

The Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia would be grateful to receive the information till April 28, 2015. Please send information to

The Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Latvia thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.


List of current Equinet members [October 2015]

The full list can be downloaded here:

Full list of Equinet members October 2016


Equinet Newsbook April 2015

Latest Equinet news, focus on disability…

The April 2015 Newsbook is available here.