= Equinet News
EQUINET ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our Annual General Meeting gathered representatives of equality bodies from across Europe, as well as various stakeholders from Europe and the U.S, to reflect on Equinet’s work over the past year and to discuss and take decisions for the future of the network.
Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission delivered a keynote speech available here.
A new Executive board for 2015-2017 of 9 members was elected, to be chaired by Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
Moreover, following unanimous ratification of new membership applications by the General Assembly, Equinet is pleased to welcome three new members, raising Equinet’s membership to 45 national equality bodies from 33 countries across Europe:
Equinet also adopted its 2016 Work Plan.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Equality Bodies and the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights
Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
European Court of Human Rights (ECrtHR)
- 20/10/2015: Balázs v. Hungary - Relying on Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Mr Balázs complained that the authorities had failed to conduct an effective investigation into the racist attack against him, and in particular that they had not taken sufficient action to establish a possible racist motive for the assault.
European Union Fundamental Rights Agency
- 06/10/2015: FRA launched a pilot version of Clarity, an interactive online tool to help people with their fundamental rights problems. Clarity, which stands for the ‘Complaints, Legal Assistance and Rights Information Tool for You’, allows users to easily access information on non-judicial bodies dealing with their particular fundamental rights issue(s) in a given EU Member State.
- Silver-Rainbow was launched at the beginning of October as a social media campaign to highlight life experiences of older LGBTI people.
- Rainbow Europe is a unique virtual hub for information on the legal, political and social situation of LGBTI people in Europe.