July 16, 2018

Finland: Assessing credit rating on the basis of statistical data alone is discrimination

The Finnish National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal has determined that a person was discriminated against in the granting of consumer credit because no individual assessment of the person's solvency was carried out. The creditor only assessed the solvency on the basis of background information, such as age, gender, place of residence and native language. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman had submitted the case to the National Non-Discrimination and Equality Tribunal for consideration. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman considers the decision of the tribunal important and expects creditors to change their practices.
June 15, 2018

Poland: Annual Report 2017

Before 4 June, the Day of Civil Freedoms and Rights, Commissioner for Human Rights submitted to the Parliament their annual report on the state of observance of civil rights and freedoms in Poland.
June 6, 2018

Hate speech in the public online debate

It is important to view the phenomenon of hate speech from a human rights perspective because hate speech touches upon the very core of our democracy: freedom of expression. Having said that, freedom of expression is not an absolute, and thus we are faced with a human rights dilemma. While freedom of expression should be respected, marginalised groups should be protected against acts motivated by hate, discrimination and racism. The objective of the study by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is to gain insight into how often hate speech appears in connection with news dissemination and debate.
May 24, 2018

Work Life Balance

The series of Equinet’s ’In Focus Briefs’ are short thematic papers, which highlight the work of Equinet and its members, as well as European developments on a given topic. This one focuses on the issue of work life balance, highlighting the work of equality bodies to support work life balance, what challenges they face and good practice examples. EU level developments on work life balance are also outlined.
May 24, 2018

Northern Ireland: Key Inequalities in Employment

Recent reports that Northern Ireland has reached ‘effectively full employment’ is good news. However, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland's Statement on Key Inequalities in Northern Ireland strikes a cautionary note.
May 22, 2018

Annual Report on the Activities of the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights for the Year 2017

The 2017 Annual Report of the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights highlights the main tasks of the Centre throughout last year.
May 9, 2018
Participants of the study visit meet with Tamás Kádár, Equinet

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Albanian system of human rights protection and anti-discrimination

During their visit, they had the opportunity to meet with the: European Ombudsman Federal Ombudsman of Belgium European Commission, Directorate-General Justice Gender Equality Unit Ministry of […]
May 8, 2018

Lithuania: ‘Price Has No Gender’ Campaign

The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson in Lithuania just started the “Price Has No Gender” campaign to raise awareness about the fact that the same beauty and leisure services are priced differently for women and men, even though it is against equal treatment laws in Lithuania.
March 30, 2018

Faith in Equality: Religion and Belief in Europe

Background In the past six years, the legal area has further evolved, not the least through judicial decisions that often spark wider public attention and provoke […]