Our German colleagues at the Federal Antidiscrimination Agency (FADA) are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.
In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that Russia breached the rights of LGBTI activists, who had complained about the effects of the country’s infamous ‘anti-propaganda’ legislation. The federal law was adopted in 2013 and bans the “promotion” or “propaganda” of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has worked with spoken word artist George the Poet to create a powerful film looking at the role of hate crime in our society and the need for all of us to come together to challenge intolerance and report incidents of hate.
The Swedish Equality Ombudsman recently investigated and delivered her opinion in two cases concerning demands to shake hands in the working life. The employers involved in both cases had denied (male) applicants jobs when the applicants had declared that, according to their interpretation of Islam, they could not shake hands with persons of the opposite sex.
Members of the Equinet secretariat and seven members of the Equinet cluster on Quasi-Judicial Functions were hosted by the Bulgarian Commission for the Protection from Discrimination in Sofia on 31 May 2017. The purpose of the visit was to observe the procedures of the Bulgarian Commission, which has one of the most formal quasi-judicial procedures within Equinet’s membership.
Over the last decade, new fundamental rights laws and policies have been adopted and specialist institutions created. But fundamental rights challenges still remain and rights are under attack, underlining the lack of a fundamental rights culture across institutions and societies, as the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals in its 2017 Fundamental Rights Report.