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Equinet Participation at Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2015

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference and takes place from 21 September to 2 October.

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Hate and intolerance must be combated more strongly as social climate worsens

Research by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows that racism and xenophobia are a widespread problem in Europe today. As support for xenophobic and anti-migrant agendas grows, FRA calls in a special contribution to the European Commission’s first annual colloquium on fundamental rights for targeted awareness-raising measures, better data collection, and more effective access to justice for victims. The persistent lack of data is central to the Agency’s annual overview of data on antisemitism in the EU, which is also published today.

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Antisemitism – Overview of data available in the European Union 2004-2014

Antisemitism can be expressed in the form of verbal and physical attacks, threats, harassment, property damage, graffiti or other forms of text, including on the internet. This report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) relates to manifestations of antisemitism as they are recorded by official and unofficial sources in the 28 European Union (EU) Member States.

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Promoting respect and diversity – Combating intolerance and hate

Regardless of ethnic origin, religion or belief, everyone living in the Union has a fundamental right to be treated equally, to be respected and to be protected from violence. This contribution paper by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights provides evidence of the fact that such respect is lacking, and suggests ways in which governments can ensure they fulfil their duty to safeguard this right for everyone living in the EU.

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Austria: Anti-Discrimination Campaign

This awareness raising campaign, carried out on advertising posts in public transport across Austria, aimed to provide information on rights in the scope of the Equal Treatment Act and to increase the name recognition of the Ombud for Equal Treatment.

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It highlighted the fact that discrimination is forbidden and that it’s a human right to be treated equally. Following the campaign, the central office in Vienna registered more requests compared to the same period last year, particularly requests concerning alleged discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity and religion.

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Communication Strategies and Practices

Austria: Infocreen Anti-discrimination campaign

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Malta: Here We Are

Run by the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) (since renamed the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD)), the main objective behind this campaign was to reach out to persons with disability and non-disabled persons alike with a clear and positive message that persons with disability come from all walks of life and that there are different facets to a person with disability’s identity.

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Malta: Disability Awareness Raising Campaign

Run by the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD), the main objective behind this campaign was to reach out to persons with disability and non-disabled persons alike with a clear and positive message that persons with disability come from all walks of life and that there are different facets to a person with disability’s identity.

Target audience

Maltese Society

Sources of funding

NCPD used it’s own funds for this campaign

Values communicated

The need for greater awareness from persons with disability on the importance of taking a more active role in society and making non-disabled people aware that persons with disability should be given the same opportunities as those given to any other member of Maltese society.

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Dissemination channels

In order to reach as many people as possible, NCPD made good use of mass media with appearances on TV programmes. NCPD also tried to have it’s campaign widespread through social media with a facebook page entitled Here we are Malta and a hashtag for Twitter use (‪#‎HereWeAre‬).

Challenges

The major challenges were managing to find participants for the video and trying to fit them all in a particular schedule. The first challenge was overcome by compiling a long list of participants in order to have different alternatives from which to choose. The second challenge was overcome by splitting the participants into two groups according to the location were the promo was being filmed and the times when they said they could make it for filming in order to make it easier for the participants to attend.

Reactions

The public reacted very well and from the feedback we had it seems that the general public would want other similar campaigns to be launched in the near future.

Internal impact

NCPD is currently working on identifying new ways on how to cater for a larger audience, mostly in generating interest in the disability sector from the young generations because they are the future policy makers and this campaign has shown that we did not reach this goal. However this campaign has helped NCPD to identify the key areas that it needs to tackle in order to reach this goal.

Policy impact

Through this campaign we aimed to achieve a shift in mentality of policy makers. In order to shift their focus from numbers and statistics to catering for the needs of every human being. NCPD is hoping that this will bring a change in the way future policies are drafted.

Contact

Christian Camilleri
christian.camilleri@knpd.org

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Members' Area

Strengthening equality bodies: A European Roundtable on standards for equality bodies (extended)

Held on 22 September 2015 in the offices of the Secretary of State of Social Services and Equality (Spain), this European roundtable was organized in the framework of a bilateral exchange project between the Norwegian Equality Ombud (LDO) and the Spanish Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination

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Equality Bodies

Strengthening equality bodies: A European Roundtable on standards for equality bodies

Held on 22 September 2015 in the offices of the Secretary of State of Social Services and Equality (Spain), this European roundtable entitled ‘Strengthening Equality Bodies: expanding discrimination grounds, enhancing powers and improving capacity to reach out and communicate effectively’ was organized in the framework of a bilateral exchange project between the Norwegian Equality Ombud (LDO) and the Spanish Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination.