On 28 April, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a practical guidance on combating hate crime. The publication, entitled “Ensuring justice for hate crime victims: professional perspectives” draws on practices from across the European Union (EU) on how to combat hate crime as well as interviews with experts from law enforcement, criminal justice, and civil society organisations.
On 19 April, Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins (Equality Commission for Northern Ireland) participated in a conference entitled ‘Getting the Balance Right III’, designed to openly discuss concerns around unfair discrimination with respect to insurance in the EU.
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) has released a press release, expressing its concern over the most recent case of racism and hate crime against Roma in Bulgaria.
This report, the first of four related studies of the issue, was commissioned jointly by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Open Society Foundations’ Roma Initiatives, and the Roma Education Fund. It probes concrete instances of strategic litigation—in three European countries—aimed at securing equal educational opportunity for Roma children. Other studies will examine strategic litigation impacts on equal access to quality education beyond Europe, torture, and land rights.
Since the beginning of the year, Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins (Equality Commission for Northern Ireland), together with members of the Equinet Secretariat, has met with a number of European policy makers in order to highlight the work of Equinet planned for 2016, to communicate the learning from the work of equality bodies on different topics and shed light on their particular relevance to specific policies and activities being planned or pursued at European level.
Roughly one in three people in Germany has experienced discrimination in the past two years. This is a key finding of the comprehensive survey “Discrimination in Germany”, carried out by the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA).