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European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination


The Equality Body affirms that the right to equal access to healthcare for Jehovah’s Witnesses may involve the covering of costs for treatment in the private sector where the public sector cannot provide treatment compliant with the patient’s religious beliefs 

The Court rejected an application which had sought to challenge the decision to appoint as teachers two persons with disability on the basis of a law setting quotas in employment of persons with disabilities in the public sector

Date: 15 January 2016. Topics

The Equality Authority publishes its annual report for 2014, covering the fields of employment and social provision.

The Cypriot parliament adopts a law regulating civil unions offering state recognition to couples outside marriage and regulating rights of property, alimony, inheritance and succession

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on National Minorities publishes its Fourth Opinion on Cyprus

Supreme Court rules that administrative decisions for appointments in the public service on the basis of quotas in favour of persons with disability cannot disregard medical and expert opinion as to the candidates’ suitability

Date: 3 December 2015. Topics

Access to welfare for persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities 

Date: 3 December 2015. Topics

Government of Cyprus signs Istanbul Convention

Persons with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities are required to waive their legal capacity in order to claim welfare benefits

Date: 27 July 2015. Topics
The Supreme Court rejects an appeal against a trial court decision which had found that age seniority as a criterion for promotion amounts to discrimination
Date: 5 June 2015. Topics
The Ombudsman locates discrimination in the procedure followed by the Social Services regarding the adoption of children by persons with disabilities
The Equality Body criticizes the authorities for failing to prosecute racial discrimination in sports.
The Anti-discrimination Authority, which is the body within the Equality Body dealing with discrimination in all fields beyond employment, has issued its Annual Report for 2013.
Date: 6 March 2015. Topics
The Supreme Court clarifies the procedure for amending laws containing discriminatory provisions and sets aside a decision of the administration which relied on an opinion of the Attorney General
Date: 6 March 2015. Topics
The Equality Authority, which is the body within the Equality Body dealing with employment discrimination, has issued its Annual Report for 2013.
Date: 17 February 2015. Topics
The Supreme Court rejects an application for the judicial review of the decision to hire a person with disability in the public service.
Date: 17 February 2015. Topics
Turkish Cypriots seeking to marry in the Republic-controlled area are required to present a certificate that the immigration authorities denies to the majority of them.

The Supreme Court rejects an application for a mandamus order seeking to enforce an Equality Body recommendation against the English School governing board for failure to respect the Muslim religious holidays.

Date: 20 January 2015. Topics
Turkish Cypriots were prevented from voting at the elections for members of the European Parliament on bureaucratic grounds
The law on disability discrimination is amended to extend the duty to provide reasonable accommodation to fields beyond employment.
The Ombudsman criticises the denial of the right to change employer in spite of serious contract violations by the employer; and the dismissal and deportation of a female carer, on the allegation that she was suffering from a contagious disease.
The Equality Body extends the scope of the law transposing the Anti-discrimination Directives to include EU citizens and third country nationals married to Cypriots.
The Supreme Court found that the government was justified in not hiring a person with a disability for the needs of the Cypriot Presidency of the EU, on the ground that the job was very demanding and there was little opportunity for training, guidance or supervision.

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