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Equinet Newsbook - April 2016

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European Engagement

  • This month Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins (Equality Commission for Northern Ireland) and members of the Equinet Secretariat met with new Director General of the European Commission’s DG Justice and Consumers, Tiina Astola, and the Director for Equality Salla Saastamoinen. They also met with Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament. Read more... 
  • This latter meeting took place in the context of the SwissRe conference 'Getting the Balance Right III', where Equinet participated in discussions concerning unfair discrimination with respect to insurance in the EU. Read more...

8 April: International Roma Day

 
Roma: 8 April marked International Roma Day, a day on which to celebrate the Romani culture across the world and to raise awareness of the issues and problems that the Roma communities face. Over the years, Equinet has worked on combating discrimination against Roma people through ad-hoc initiatives and working groups, as well as through its participation in the Operational Platform on Roma Equality (OPRE). Read more...

Social Media Trainer? Send your proposal by 8 May!

Capacity building: Do you hold the key to social media saviness for equality bodies? Interested in helping the staff of equality bodies fight discrimination through better social media use? Answer our call for trainers to develop a training module on improved social media use for equality body communication experts!
Submission deadline: 8 May 2016. Read more...


Equinet Events in May

Gender: On 19-20 May 2016, Equinet together with the Czech Public Defender of Rights will organise a capacity building seminar in Prague for equality bodies’ staff members on gender equality in education. The aim of the seminar is to take stock of the experiences of equality bodies with understanding, promoting and ensuring gender equality in the educational setting. Read more...


Past Events

Reading materials, presentations and photos of the following events are now online:

  • Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation seminar held in Vienna on 4 and 5 April. Read more...
  • Roundtable on work-life balance, pregnancy and parenthood related discrimination held in Brussels on 20 April. Read more...

Members News

Germany: Discrimination Survey


Discrimination: The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) has published the findings of its survey "Discrimination in Germany". Data shows that roughly one in three people in Germany has experienced discrimination in the past two years. While discrimination occurs in all areas of life, it is especially common in access to employment and the workplace. Read more...

Portugal: Seminar on Equality Balance


Gender: The Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality is organising a seminar on Equality Balance on 27 April. The seminar will be the final event of the project which was funded through EEA Grants on gender equality and work-life balance. Read more (in Portuguese)...

Northern Ireland: Recommendations to Government


Better Legislation:
 The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has published its recommendations to the Programme for Government and Budget of the Northern Ireland Executive. These recommendations highlight the need for a clear commitment in the Programme for Government to address key inequalities experienced by rights holders, underpinned by robust measures, as well as a commitment to promote good relations. Read more...

Great Britain: EHRC submission to UN Committee against Torture 

 
Torture: The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its submission to the UN Committee Against Torture 57th session on the sixth periodic report of the UK on compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Read more...

EU News

European Commission


Gender: The European Commission published a study on the gender dimension of trafficking. The purpose of the study is to contribute to the identification and understanding of what it means to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required in Article 1 of EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims. Read more...

Commissioner for Human Rights


Annual Report: The Annual Activity Report for 2015 has been presented by Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, to the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly. It summarises the work carried out by the Commissioner as regards country visits and thematic activities, among other things. He highlights his co-operation with national human rights structures, including Equinet. The Commissioner also promotes the independence and effectiveness of NHRSs. Read more...

European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination


Disability: The European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination has published a legal analysis of the situation of reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities in employment in the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Read more...

European Court of Human Rights


Disability: The case Guberina v. Croatia (Application no. 23682/13) concerned a complaint by the father of a severely handicapped child about the tax authorities’ failure to take account of the needs of his child when determining his eligibility for tax exemption on the purchase of property adapted to his child’s needs. The Court found a violation of Article 14 (non-discrimination) in conjunction with Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property) to the Convention. Read more...

Sexual Orientation:  In the case of case of M.C. and A.C. v. Romania (application no. 12060/12), the ECtHR found a violation of Article 14 (non-discrimination) in conjunction with Article 3 (prohibition of torture) following the authorities’ failure to adequately investigate the beating-up of two Romanian nationals following their participation in the Bucharest gay pride. Read more...

Freedom of movement / health:  In the case of Novruk and Others v. Russia (application no. 31039/11, 48511/11, 76810/12, 14618/13 and 13817/14) the Court found a violation of Article 14 (non-discrimination) in conjunction with Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life). The case concerned non-Russian nationals who were prevented from entering and residing in Russia because they were HIV-positive.  Read more...

European Court of Justice


Dublin Regulations: In the case Shiraz Baig Mirza v Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal (C-695/15 PPU), the ECJ convened that Dublin III Regulation allows Member States to send an applicant for international protection to a safe third country, irrespective of whether it is the Member State responsible for processing the application or another Member State. Read more...

Condition of Detention / Inhuman or Degrading Treatment:  In the joint cases Pál Aranyosi and Robert Căldăraru (C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU ), the ECJ decided that the execution of a European arrest warrant must be deferred if there is a real risk of inhuman or degrading treatment because of the conditions of detention of the person concerned in the Member State where the warrant was issued. Read more...

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

 
EU Charter: FRA has published a leaflet entitled ‘How is the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights used at the National Level’. The purpose of the document is to explain the use of the EU Charter by national governments, courts and parliament. Read more...

Open Society Foundations

Roma: "Strategic Litigation Impacts: Roma School Desegregation" examines the impacts of strategic litigation, with an emphasis on the social, political, and legal change it can generate. It also seeks to consider the context in which the litigation took place, and the factors that propelled or hindered it. The study was commissioned jointly by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Open Society Foundations’ Roma Initiatives, and the Roma Education Fund. Read more...

Ombudsmen and Human Rights


Human Rights Conference:
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in cooperation with the Northern Ireland Ombudsman are organising a conference on human rights based approaches to complaints handling.  The Conference will take place in Belfast on 25-26 May. Read more...
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