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Equinet

Equality bodies united: Champions in fight for equality need stronger standards

In order to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies, Equinet and national equality bodies call for European standards on the independence, effectiveness, functions and powers of equality bodies.

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External publications

A security imperative for Europe

This is the third annual report of the Secretary General on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. The report assesses the extent to which the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are able to make the five building blocks of democratic security a reality:

► efficient and independent judiciaries;
► free media and freedom of expression;
► freedom of assembly and a vibrant civil society;
► legitimate democratic institutions;
► inclusive societies.

We will focus here on the fifth block ‘inclusive societies’.

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Equality Bodies

Norwegians to take part in Polish Equality event, show support and give thanks to Polish people for helping improve LGBT rights in Norway

Norwegians are travelling to Poland this weekend to show support and solidarity with the Polish LGBT community and assorted human rights movements. Norwegian pop-punk-country band Glittermeat will be performing during the celebrations at the end of this year’s Equality parade in Warsaw.

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Europe

ECRI publishes conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations in respect of Finland, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation and San Marino

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published conclusions on the implementation of a number of recommendations made in its country reports on Finland, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation and San Marino which had been released in 2013.

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Europe

ECRI Monitoring Reports on Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published monitoring reports on Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” analysing recent developments and outstanding issues and providing recommendations to the authorities. Despite certain positive developments, ECRI notes, there are challenges ahead.

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External publications

Combating racism and intolerance in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”: progress made but concerns remain

In its latest report published today, the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) sees positive developments in a series of measures taken by the authorities in Skopje since its previous report in 2010, including the adoption of a law to prevent and protect against discrimination and the setting up of a working group on hate crime in 2014 by the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the OSCE.

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External publications

Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission expresses concern at the situation of Roma and LGBT in Lithuania

In a report just published, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) welcomes progress made in Lithuania to address discrimination and racism, but also calls upon the authorities to take specific measures to improve the living conditions of Roma and address violence against LGBT persons.

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Anti-racism Commission calls on Italy to strengthen fight against hate speech and racial discrimination

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published its fifth report on Italy in which it analyses recent developments and outstanding issues and makes recommendations to the authorities.

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Cyprus: despite progress in fighting discrimination, integration challenges remain, says Anti-racism Commission

In its new report on Cyprus, the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) noted progress since its last report some five years ago.

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Poland: For our and your old age! Let’s talk about the Convention on the rights of older persons

This Campaign aims to encourage a broad social debate on the assumptions of the international legal act protecting the rights of older persons and prepare a report with conclusions from debates organized at the local level.