July 16, 2018

NCPE Malta: Annual Report 2017

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) Annual Report highlights the hard work of the Commission throughout 2017 for the enhancement of equal treatment in various sectors of society. Substantial progress has been registered. Various initiatives were undertaken to safeguard equality on the basis of the grounds covered by NCPE’s remit ranging from the investigation of complaints of cases of alleged discrimination; awareness raising; dissemination of information on rights and responsibilities and empowerment; the provision of input and contributions to policies and other documents through research; the training given to different stakeholders; monitoring the implementation of gender mainstreaming; as well as an active contribution in relation to equality in the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
July 16, 2018

UK-Great Britain: Help and advice on tackling prejudice-based bullying in schools

Bullying is widespread and can have harmful effects on children and young people's attainment, ambition, emotional wellbeing and health. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new help and advice on tackling prejudice-based bullying in schools by recording, reviewing and responding to data.
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

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 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.