The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Fouad Belkacem, the leader and spokesperson of the radical Muslim organization Sharia4Belgium. His Youtube videos calling for viewers to overpower non-Muslims and fight them, cannot be considered as freedom of expression. This decision is welcomed by Unia: in the past, Unia has filed complaints at the Antwerp Criminal Court against Sharia4Belgium on multiple occasions.
With the aim of promoting, strengthening and mainstreaming the principle of gender equality in all areas of the labour market, CITE has decided to continue to develop projects in partnership with companies. This comes in the frame of its mission, competencies and powers and taking into account the European Union Strategy for 2030, as well as the priorities of the Portuguese state on gender equality within this strategy.
The Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has published their 2016 Annual Report in English.
In 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities started the drafting process of the General Comment on the article 5 of the Convention (Equality and Non-Discrimination). Equinet contributed by preparing a written submission to the outline of the General Comment.
Can we forbid the wearing of a full-body swimsuit in a public swimming pool? Unia asked the question to the Health and Care Agency in Flanders and the Flemish Genderkamer. Based on their arguments, Unia sees no valid reason to restrict the freedom to choose an integral swim suit. Unia deduces that, in the absence of a legal basis, this prohibition is contrary to the Flemish anti-discrimination decree.