ECRI Reports highlight the importance of strong and independent equality bodies
Racism and Ethnic Origin:
On 28 February, ECRI released new reports on combatting racism and intolerance in Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and Luxembourg. It also released the conclusions on the implementation of priority recommendations in respect of Belgium and Germany. Read more...
The reports highlight the importance of strong and independent equality bodies
in order for victims to receive the appropriate support when necessary. This could affect the work of our members in particular!
- In Luxembourg, ECRI calls for more powers and independence for the Centre for Equal Treatment. For example: the right to hear and consider complaints, to conduct effective investigations, to initiate legal proceedings and to participate in judicial and administrative proceedings.
- In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the capacity of the Ombudsman Institution should be strengthened, in particular its decision-making processes streamlined, funds and human resources increased, and full financial independence from the government as well as better compliance with the Ombudsman Institution’s recommendations ensured.
- In Belgium, ECRI is pleased that its recommendation was followed and that Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities) is now a fully independent inter-federal institution dedicated to helping all victims of discrimination.
New European Handbook on Equality Data
The new European handbook on equality data promotes equality and contributes to fight against discrimination in the EU by analysing why and what kind of data should be collected in relation to equality and discrimination. Equality data refers to anonymous data in relation to equality and discrimination collected for statistical and evidence purposes and excluding the identification of natural persons concerned. Such data contributes to the fight against discrimination and promotes equality by providing evidence of existing discrimination, making it transparent and quantifying it. Read more...
Europe taking a stand to combat violence against women!
Violence against women: 2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies will be on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities. Read more...
Draft report on equality between women and men in the European Union in 2014-2015 adopted
On the 6th of February the European Parliament's Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality adopted a draft report on equality between women and men, discussing equal economic independence, equal pay for work of equal value, equality in decision-making, gender-based violence, gender equality in external action and cross-cutting issues. The report stresses that faster progress is needed if the EU is to meet its gender equality targets of Europe 2020. Read more...
European Parliament demands action on EU-wide recognition of adoptions
On 2 February, the European Parliament adopted a report demanding the automatic recognition of domestic adoption orders across EU Member States. The report stipulates that the recognition should happen without discrimination, including on the basis of the parents’ sexual orientation. Read more...
Commissioner Muižnieks: Access to same-sex partnerships is a question of equality
Sexual Orientation: Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks recently published a Human Rights Comment on registered same-sex partnerships. "The trend toward legal recognition of same-sex couples is responding to the daily reality and needs of relationships that have gone unrecognised for a very long time. Our societies are made up of a rich diversity of individuals, relationships and families. It’s time we see this as an asset." says Commissioner Muižnieks. Read more...