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Equinet Newsbook - February 2016

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Equality bodies contributing to the protection, respect and fulfilment of economic and social rights

 
Cover of EcoSoc PerspectiveEconomic, social and cultural rights are those human rights relating to the workplace, social security, family life, participation in cultural life, and access to housing, food, water, health care and education. They cover workers’ rights, the right to social security and social protection, protection of and assistance to the family, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to health, the right to education, and cultural rights. This perspective acknowledges the particular mandate that equality bodies have and is based on the reality that the implementation of this mandate has a particular, additional, and unique contribution to make to the protection and fulfilment of economic and social rights. Read more...

Members News

Commissioner for Human Rights

 
English Newsletter: Our Polish member, the Commissioner for Human Rights, has launched a weekly newsletter in English, informing about the work of Commissioner in Poland. You can subscribe to the newsletter here

UNIA logoUnia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities)


New Name and Logo: One of our Belgian members has changed its name and logo to Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunites) in order for it and its mission to be better recognised. An independent public institution which combats discrimination and promotes equal opportunities, this change represents Unia's spirit of dialogue, cooperation and respect. Read more...

Campaign logoJoint Belgian initiative: Et toi, t’es casé-e ?

 
Sexual Orientation: How can we fight homophobic and transphobic stereotypes? What can schools, sports clubs and associations do to support their LGBT communities? Where can young Belgians go to report discrimination for their gender identity or sexual orientation? The Et toi, t'es casé-e ? campaign is being run by our Belgian members Institute for the Equality of Women and Men and UNIA Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities to raise awareness about homophobic and transphobic discrimination. Read more...

EU News

European Commission

 
Action Grants - Non-discrimination & Roma: The European Commission has launched a call for proposals for action grants based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme). The call aims to cofund national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration in line with the specific objective to promote the effective implementation of the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, and to respect the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds provided for in Article 21 of the Charter. Deadline: 12/04/2016.  Read more...

Action Grants - Gender: This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme). It aims to co-fund transnational projects that promote good practices on gender roles, and to overcome gender stereotypes in education, training and in the workplace. Deadline: 27/05/2016. Read more...

European Parliament

 

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: The interpretation of Article 51 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: the Dilemma of Stricter or Broader Application of the Charter to National Measures was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Petitions. It considers the dilemma of a broad or narrow application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR) to national measures. It considers the way the Court of Justice of the EU (CJ EU) has been interpreting fundamental rights in relation to such measures before and after the Lisbon Treaty and the constitutionalisation of the Charter: currently the CJ EU applies a varied interpretation of the CFR, on the basis of a narrow approach to its applicability to Member States' measures implementing EU law.  Read more...  

Gender: In a resolution adopted at the beginning of Febraury, MEPs call for the European Commission to table a communication on a new strategy for gender equality and women’s rights 2016-2020 as soon as possible and to deliver on its political commitments. The communication should address gender equality issues which is in line with the international agenda, they add. The resolution was adopted by 337 votes to 286 and 73 abstentions. Read more...

Sexual Orientation: The European Parliament has adopted its annual progress report for Serbia. MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people there, and recommended that Serbia improve their situation. Discrimination, hate speech and hate crime against LGBTI people in Serbia remain a strong concern. In this regard, the Parliament stresses its concern that the processing and investigation of such cases remains insufficient. Read more...

European Court of Human Rights

 
Disability: In the case of Çam v. Turkey (application no. 51500/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights in conjunction with Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to the Convention. The case concerned a refusal to enrol Ms Çam as a student at the Turkish National Music Academy because she was blind. Read more...

Hate Speech: In the case of Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete and Index.hu Zrt v. Hungary (application no. 22947/13) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the liability of a self-regulatory body of Internet content providers and an Internet news portal for vulgar and offensive online comments posted on their websites. Read more... 

Roma: In the case of Boacă and Others v. Romania (application no. 40355/11) the European Court of Human Rights found a substantive violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) on account of I.B.’s ill-treatment, a procedural violation of Article 3 in the absence of an effective investigation, a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with the procedural limb of Article 3 and no violation of Article 14 read in conjunction with the substantive limb of Article 3. The case concerned an allegation that I.B. had been a victim of police brutality, that the ensuing investigation was flawed, and that the victim had been discriminated against on the ground of his Roma origin. Read more... 

Sexual Orientation: In the case of Pajić v. Croatia (application no. 68453/13) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) taken in conjunction with Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the complaint by a national of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is in a stable samesex relationship with a woman living in Croatia, of having been discriminated against on the grounds of her sexual orientation when applying for a residence permit in Croatia. Read more...

Council of Europe 

 
Roma: The Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, has called for European countries to stop forced evictions of Roma: “Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member states' international human rights obligations."  Read more...
 

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

 
Racism and Intolerance - New Reports: The Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published monitoring reports on France, Georgia and Monaco on combatting racism and intolerance. They analyse recent developments and outstanding issues and provide recommendations to the authorities. Despite certain positive developments, ECRI notes, there are challenges ahead.   
Racism and Intolerance - Conclusions on Implementation: ECRI has also published conclusions on the implementation of a number of recommendations made in its country reports on Ireland and Liechtenstein which had been released in 2013. Read more...

European Institute for Gender Equality

 

Gender: Serbia has launched its Gender Equality Index, based on the methodology the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has developed for EU Member States. Serbia is the first non-EU country to reach this milestone. Serbia’s overall score would place it in 22nd position if the country were an EU Member State. With a score of 40.6 points out of 100 Serbia is almost half way towards gender equality. In comparison, the EU average is 52.9. Read more...

European Roma Information Office

 

Roma: ERIO has released recommendations to the Dutch EU Presidency on migration, job creation and fundamental rights  to ensure the inclusion and equal treatment of Roma. Read more...

ILGA-Europe

 

Sexual Orientation: This toolkit by ILGA-Europe explains the major challenges intersex people face in different areas of life, set out intersex people’s demands, provide information about current political developments, as well as give advice on how to become a great intersex ally. Read more...
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