Equinet, together with the Hungarian Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, organised a one and a half day capacity-building seminar for equality bodies’ staff members about fighting discrimination based on the grounds of race and ethnic origin. The meeting took place in Budapest on 9-10 November 2016.
Discrimination on the basis of one’s race and ethnic origin remains one of the most often experienced form of inequality and one that features prominently in the work of equality bodies. In many European countries racial and ethnic minorities, and in particular Roma people, remain the most disadvantaged and persecuted group in society.
In a context where public sentiment is often hostile towards racial and ethnic minorities and institutional discrimination and the under-reporting of incidents are common, the challenges around managing the refugee crisis and ensuring the inclusion of migrants also risk to render the public discourse more hostile and discrimination more widely accepted.
Equinet and its members have done a lot of work on this topic in recent years, most recently with a paper from the Working Group on Equality law. This discusses the key legal issues and challenges, and the available tools and good practices in tackling discrimination on the ground of race and ethnic origin, which were the basis of the discussions during the Seminar.
The Seminar aimed to:
Chair: Evelyn Collins, Chair of the Equinet Executive Board and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Chair: Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities, Hungary
Chair: Veronika Bazalová, Office of the Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic
|Equality Bodies fighting discrimination based on race and ethnic origin – Budapest, Nov. 2016|