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Time to adopt the Equal Treatment Directive

According to a 2015 Eurobarometer survey, around 12% of people in Europe consider themselves at risk of discrimination. In fact, any person in Europe could potentially fall victim to this injustice, write Birgit Van Hout from the regional representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Tena Šimonović Einwalter from Equinet.

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Europe

Equinet welcomes standards adopted by the European Commission for the independence and effectiveness of equality bodies

The European Commission’s Recommendation on standards for equality bodies is a key step in guaranteeing that equality bodies can fulfil their potential to work independently and effectively as valuable catalysts for more equal societies. Equinet and national equality bodies call on Member States to follow the Commission’s recommendations, and on the Commission to ensure strong and effective monitoring of its Recommendation.

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Equality Bodies

Poland: Annual Report 2017

Before 4 June, the Day of Civil Freedoms and Rights, Commissioner for Human Rights submitted to the Parliament their annual report on the state of observance of civil rights and freedoms in Poland.

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Project library

Spain: CALÍ. Equality for Roma women

A new programme by Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) addresses inequality of Roma women from an integral approach. 25 Roma professionals women will work for the programme, which will be developed in 28 cities.

CALÍ complements the FSG´s programmes developed with the support of the European Social Fund: Acceder (professional training and employment) and Promociona (education).

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External publications

European Commission reports on the application of the Charter of fundamental rights in the EU in 2017

The 2017 Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights highlights that while 2017 was a year of challenges for fundamental rights, the structures and tools in place to make sure the rights of the Charter are a reality have been functioning. Further support to the respect and promotion of fundamental rights, the rule of law and democracy, including the support for a free and vibrant civil society, will remain central in 2018.

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Members' Publications

Hate speech in the public online debate

It is important to view the phenomenon of hate speech from a human rights perspective because hate speech touches upon the very core of our democracy: freedom of expression. Having said that, freedom of expression is not an absolute, and thus we are faced with a human rights dilemma. While freedom of expression should be respected, marginalised groups should be protected against acts motivated by hate, discrimination and racism.

The objective of the study by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is to gain insight into how often hate speech appears in connection with news dissemination and debate.

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External publications

Fundamental Rights Report 2018

On 6 June, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published its Fundamental Rights Report 2018. This year the Report explores how a rights-based approach towards respect for older people is starting to happen.