January 13, 2021

Combating “Anti-LGBT” resolutions in Poland: Stories from behind the scenes

On 27 March 2019 a municipality in Poland (Świdnik) adopted a declaration to be free from a so-called “LGBT ideology”. The document, mostly chaotic and to […]
November 26, 2020

Finnish Supreme Court bans Nordic neo-Nazi organization

The long-awaited ruling, referring to the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights, states that trying to establish a […]
October 1, 2020

How COVID-19 is compounding inequalities against older persons

In the aftermath of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic we need to look at how decisions were made, we need to draw lessons, and to ensure that in future crises, rights are equally respected regardless of age. Read AGE Platform Europe's take on how older people were affected during Covid and what we can do to tackle ageism in the future.
September 21, 2020
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Equinet at work: The Compendium of Article 14 cases from the European Court of Human Rights and the written observations submitted to the ECtHR

The Equinet Equality Law Working Group has been working during the last year towards contributing to developing the European Court of Human Rights' (ECtHR) jurisprudence, including increased analysis of article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and issues that are at the cutting edge of equality law and theory. This blog post presents the results of this work.
September 16, 2020
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EU Funded Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities in Austria – and elsewhere

The living facilities, as well as the sheltered workshops that were co-funded by the EU, perpetuate the segregation and social exclusion of persons with disabilities in Austria. This is in breach not only of the above mentioned Council Directive 2000/78/EC, but also the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Social Pillar and, last but not least, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was ratified by both the European Union and Austria. Read this blog post to find out more.
September 14, 2020
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Let’s talk about sexual and reproductive health and rights: Not fully implemented before COVID-19 & suspended during the pandemic

This blog post outlines the pre-existing limitations in access to sexual and reproductive health and rights across Europe as well as the further violations we are now witnessing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. By looking at how equality bodies are responding, this article shows the unique role that NEBs play in ensuring access to SRHR.
July 28, 2020

Equality for Roma and Travellers: Time to Deliver

Equality Bodies accord high priority in their work to seeking improvement in the situation and experience of Roma and Travellers. They share a particular concern at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Roma and Travellers and how inequality and disadvantage have left these communities ill-equipped to protect themselves from the pandemic.
July 27, 2020

Why Intersectionality is relevant for a fairer Europe

Initially hailed as the 'great equalizer,' the COVID-19 pandemic has, in reality, exposed the depth of institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination and inequality in our societies. The question for Europe now is not if discrimination and exclusion exist but rather how intersectionality serves as a tool to create a fairer, socially just, and more inclusive Europe for everyone.
June 16, 2020

How can Equality Bodies put equality between women and men at the heart of the response to COVID-19 across Europe?

In April 2020, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) published a policy brief, in which it shed light on the crucial issue that can no longer be ignored – the COVID-19 pandemic is reinforcing existing inequalities in our society and the long-term impacts of the health crisis will disproportionately affect women and girls.
May 28, 2021

Sweden: Strategic litigation – Systemic racism and access to healthcare services

The Swedish Equality Ombudsman has secured a major win in an important case concerning discrimination in healthcare services. The ruling followed a six day trial in […]
May 26, 2021
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Cyprus: Persons with disabilities and their equal participation in elections

Ex Officio Statement Considering the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections on 30 May 2021, the Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman), in the framework […]
May 14, 2021

Joint statement: Poland must ensure a strong and independent equality body

Strong and independent Equality Bodies, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), Ombudsman Institutions and  are necessary features of any democratic State, underpinning human rights, good governance and […]
April 29, 2021

Equinet submission to EC Consultation ‘Demographic change in Europe – green paper on ageing’

Green Paper on Ageing On 27 January 2021, the European Commission released the Green Paper on Ageing, thus launching a public debate on demographic changes in Europe. The paper addresses the […]
April 27, 2021

Annual report 2020 of the Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo*

The Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo* has published its annual report for the year 2020 as the fulfillment of the constitutional liability of submitting an Annual Report […]
April 16, 2021

Albania: Update in the Law on Protection from Discrimination

The Albanian Commissioner for the Protection from Discrimination is glad to share the Law No. 10 221 dated 4.2.2010 “On Protection from Discrimination”, as amended by the Law […]
April 9, 2021

David against Goliath: Why the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men filed a criminal complaint against Twitter

Warning: this blog article mentions instances of sexual violence which could be triggering or disturbing for some readers.   The Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, the […]
February 26, 2021

Ireland: Government’s Blurred Lines on COVID Emergency Powers Exposed in New Research

New research published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has found that the Government has persistently blurred the boundary between legal requirements and public […]
February 25, 2021

Belgium: No major progress in the lives of persons with disabilities

On December 3, 2019, International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Unia launched a survey to let people with disabilities have their say on ten major themes. […]