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Equinet Newsbook - January 2016

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What activities does Equinet have in store for 2016?

We will be organising seminars and training sessions to build capacity and peer support of equality bodies, as well as international conferences and a round table in the European Parliament to develop our contribution to the European equality agenda. Topics inclue reasonable accommodation and disability, gender equality and education, race and ethnicity, social media for equality bodies, European equal treatment legislation, intersectionality and work-life balance. Read more...
 

Recent Equinet Events

 
 
  • The summary of the seminar on Religion or Belief, held in London on 9-10 November in collaboration with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is now available. Read more...

Members News

Danish Institute for Human Rights


Disability: The Danish Institute for Human Rights has identified a set of 10 statistical outcome indicators or Gold Indicators, which compare the situation of persons with and without disabilities in relation to 10 key thematic areas of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read more...
 

Equality and Human Rights Commission

 
A-Status: The UN has renewed the Commission’s ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). As an NHRI, they are responsible for protecting and monitoring human rights in the UK. To achieve this first-class accreditation they were assessed on their work and structure, including: independence from government, encouragement of the UK to sign up to and ratify international human rights treaties; and cooperation with other NHRIs in Scotland and Wales. Read more...

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 

 

New Strategy: The Commission’s first Strategy Statement covers the period 2016 – 2018 and sets out the strategic goals to guide the IHREC’s work over the next three years. The purpose of this strategy is to contribute to an inclusive Ireland where human rights and equality are respected, protected and fulfilled for everyone, everywhere. Read more... 
They have also been awarded A-status by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Read more...

EU News

European Commission

 
Disability: The EC has launched a public consultation to gather views on the challenges faced by all persons with disabilities in the European Union and on the impact so far of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. 
Deadline: 18 March 2016Read more...
Equinet is preparing a contribution, which will primarily be based on the Equinet Perspective Realising Rights: Equality Bodies and People with Disabilities. Supporting the review of the European Union Disability Strategy 2010-2020.


Work-life Balance: A public consultation has been launched on possible action addressing the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers. Deadline: 17 February 2016. Read more...
 

European Parliament

 

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

 
Annual Report: 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 


Social Rights: The 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


Cooperation: 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...
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