The Defender of Rights Annual Report for 2018 was presented by Jacques Toubon on 11 March. It meticulously analyses the work of the French equality body in its promotion of equality and its support to victims of discrimination. An increase in victim’s complaints can be observed, it reflects the deepening inequalities and regressing fundamental rights that alarmingly affects French society.
In response to a public consultation on the establishment of an electoral commission in Ireland, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) calls on the Government to expedite the establishment of an electoral commission. It also comments on its potential mandate with regards to standards in political discourse, the right to participate in public, regulation of online political advertising, and advancing the equal participation of all groups.
EU discrimination law doesn’t account for cases of multiple discrimination.
EU law falls very short of protecting Europeans that suffer multiple forms of discrimination, such has children and older persons with disabilities, or persons with disabilities that are LGBTI+ or part of ethnic minorities.
As the European Network of National Equality Bodies, Equinet stands together with persons with disabilities to fight for equality for everyone in Europe.
Equality data is defined as any piece of information that is useful for the purposes of describing and analysing the state of equality. Across the EU, many Member States are improving their equality data to help policymakers combat discrimination and challenge prejudices. With the support of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Subgroup on Equality Data developed an online compendium of nearly 40 practices from 15 countries on the collection and use of equality data. The compendium illustrates how the 11 guidelines on improving the collection and use of equality data can be put into practice.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, marked by the UN General Assembly on 21 March each year, countries around the world are urged to step up their efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, remembering the day when the police in South Africa killed 69 people protesting against racial segregation of the population.
The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) presents its XIV Report on Discrimination of the Roma Community for the year 2018. FSG has been producing this publication for 14 years, for the main purpose of uncovering and reporting the discrimination that the Roma community continues to suffer.
EIGE, the European Institute for Gender Equality based in Vilnius, Lithuania, has been recently involved, as a third party, in a legal action initiated by five former interim workers (temporary staff).
The former temporary staffers were challenging their working conditions with their employer, the temporary staffing agency from whom EIGE procures interim staffing services.