Intercultural Dialogue: The motion for a European Parliament resolution on the Report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity, and education in promoting EU fundamental values was passed on 19 January. The report, written by MEP Julie Ward (S&D), outlines how to tackle racism and discrimination to promote more open and inclusive societies. Read more...
Anti-Racism and Diveristy Intergroup (ARDI):
The ARDI was launched at the European Parliament on 26 January under the slogan "Together against racism."
The event was hosted by the members of the ARDI Bureau and guest speakers included Mr Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights as well as Ms Sarah Isal, Chair of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). ARDI exists to promote racial equality, counter racism, and educate about non-discrimination in the work of the European Parliament. Read more...
European Court of Human Rights
The Court has released a provisional version of their 2015 Annual Report
. According to the press release
, by the end of 2015 the number of pending cases stood at 64,850, a decrease of 7% compared with the end of 2014 (69,900 applications pending). According to the document Violations of Article and Respondent State
, there have been 10 judgements under Art.14 Prohibition of Discrimination throughout the year. Read more...
Probition of Discrimination: A recent court cases refers to
Fábián v. Hungary (application no. 78117/13), which concerned a pensioner’s complaint that, following an amendment to the Pension Act, his old-age pension was suspended because he had taken up post-retirement employment as a civil servant. The Court 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 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property) to the Convention. Read more...
Council of Europe
European Committee of Social Rights has published its annual conclusions for 2015 and finds that 277 violations related to children, families and migrants took place in 31 countries. Read more...
European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights
FRA brought together 120 representatives from its stakeholder groups in Vienna on 19-20 November 2015. It was a unique opportunity to share, exchange and identify successful modes of cooperation on fundamental rights, and to discuss how to enable strong collaboration for the future. The report, which includes an Equinet request to the FRA to provide an opinion on minimum standards for equality bodies, is available now. Read more...