EC report: ‘Developing anti-discrimination law in Europe’

‘Developing anti-discrimination law in Europe – the 27 EU Member States compared was published in November 2009.

The report compares and contrasts anti-discrimination laws in all EU Member States. It identifies trends and commonalities between countries in the transposition and implementation of the anti-discrimination directives (2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC) and considers individually and collectively the grounds of discrimination listed in the directives. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of national laws across the European Union.

Click here for link (pdf)

EDF leaflet on the Lisbon Treaty

The EDF logo.

The Equality and Diversity Forum published ‘The Lisbon Treaty – an introduction’ in March 2010.

The leaflet, by Gay Moon, Special Legal Advisor at the Equality and Diversity Forum, provides an overview of the Lisbon Treaty and its relevance to the equality agenda.

Click here for leaflet (pdf)

European recommendation on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination

On 31 March 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The recommendation (CM/Rec(2010)5f) establishes how international human rights standards should be applied to LGBT people and contain specific measures for Member States on how they should improve their legislation, policies and practices to address discrimination against LGBT people in such areas as hate crime and hate speech; freedom of association, expression and peaceful assembly; the right to respect for private and family life; employment; education; health; housing; sports; and the right to seek asylum.

Additionally, the Recommendations prescribe that Member States should ensure that national human rights structures are clearly mandated to address discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. They also encourage Member States to address multiple discrimination experienced by LGBT people.

Click here for link to recommendation

Click here for ILGA Europe press release

ECRI report on racism and intolerance in the UK

On 2 March 2010, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its fourth report on racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in the UK.

ECRI’s Chair, Nils Muiznieks, pointed out positive steps in fighting discrimination, but also expressed concern that racist incidents had become more frequent, police powers were exercised in a manner that disproportionately affected minority groups; Gypsies and Travellers still faced serious discrimination; asylum seekers remained in a vulnerable position. With regards to positive developments, the legal framework for combating racism and discrimination has been strengthened. New criminal provisions on the prohibition of religious hatred have been enacted and police forces now apply a uniform definition of racist incidents. In addition, an Equality Bill has been introduced in Parliament with the aim of harmonising discrimination law and raising existing standards; it should provide similar protection against discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief to that provided on the grounds of race.

Click here for report

EC report: ‘Links between migration and discrimination’

The report ‘Links between Migration and Discrimination’ was published by the European Commission on 2 December 2009.

This report describes the links between nationality and protection from discrimination under EU and international law as well as in the domestic legal systems of the EU Member States.

Its purpose is to identify whether third-country nationals are protected, once they enter the European Union, from discrimination on grounds of nationality and from discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin or religion in situations where nationality is used as a proxy for these grounds.

Click here for report

UK breach of Equality Directives

In November 2009, the UK was found by the European Commission to have incorrectly implemented two EU Equality Directives. The first breach concerns the EC Equal Treatment Framework Directive, which prohibits discrimination based on religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.  The second relates to the EC Equal Treatment Directive, which covers equal treatment between men and women in employment.

Click here for HRreview report

ENAR paper on ‘Migration and Diversity’

In December 2009, the European Network against Racism (ENAR) published its ‘General Policy Paper No. 6: Migration and Diversity: A Rights-Based Approach to Migration’.

It is the product of ongoing concern and reflection regarding the development of progressive migration and integration policies, at a time when the EU institutions are considering a new programme for the design of EU policies in the area of justice and home affairs after 2010.

Click here for report

European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey

In December 2009, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of its EU-MIDIS survey.

Addressing the lack of reliable and comparable data on minorities in many EU countries, the survey examines experiences of discriminatory treatment, racist crime victimisation, awareness of rights, and reporting of complaints. EU-MIDIS involved face-to-face interviews with 23,500 persons from selected immigrant and ethnic minority groups in all 27 Member States of the European Union. 5,000 persons from the majority population were also interviewed to compare the results.

Click here for report

Click here for information about EU-MIDIS

EU-MIDIS: European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

In response to a widespread lack of data on the experiences of immigrants and ethnic minorities in the European Union, in 2008 the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) carried out its first large-scale survey covering all the 27 EU Member States.

EU-MIDIS is based on primary survey data collected from selected ethnic minority and immigrant persons resident in the EU Member States.

Click here for details