Commissioner for Fundamental Rights hosts Equinet Seminar
Race and Ethnic Origin: Equinet, together with the Hungarian Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, organised a one and a half day capacity-building seminar for equality bodies’ staff members about fighting discrimination based on the grounds of race and ethnic origin. The meeting took place in Budapest on 9-10 November 2016. Presentations and photos from the seminar are online now. Read more..
The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights László Székely emphasized that discrimination against the Roma is rooted in the prejudices present in society and form part of a complex set of problems related to welfare, education, employment and housing issues. This discrimination often results in the affected persons becoming victims of hate crimes.
Deputy-Commissioner Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay pointed out that the problems that affect the whole continent can only be tackled by way of a dialogue on European level. The Equinet seminar is an excellent opportunity for the leading European experts of this topic to share their knowledge with the staff members of European equality bodies. Read more..
First Regional Forum of South-East Europe Equality Bodies
Member engagement: The Serbian Commissioner for the Protection of Equality organized “The First Regional Forum of South-east Europe Equality Bodies“ on the occasion of International Tolerance Day (Belgrade, 16 November 2016, 11:00 -13:00).
The aim of the Forum, which brings together equality bodies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, (FYRO) Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, aims to establish an effective model of regional cooperation between equality bodies of different countries in this region, geared towards promoting activities aimed at human rights protection and equality. Read more..
Norway needs a holistic strategy against hate speech and hate crime
Hate Crime: On 8 November, the Ombudsman, in cooperation with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), held a conference on hate crimes in Norway. “Norway needs a holistic strategy against hate speech and hate crime,” says Equality and Discrimination Ombud Hanne Bjurstrøm. Christian Ahlund, Chair of ECRI, presented the ECRI report's recommendations at the conference. He called for comprehensive measures to strengthen efforts to combat hate crimes in Norway, and emphasized that the government must play a key role in combating racism and intolerance. "Full involvement by the authorities is crucial for success, both in the fight against discrimination and in efforts to combat hate crimes", he said. Read more..