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Political aim to split the various functions of the national equality body into separate bodies

Is the State liable for lack of implementation of the European Convention on Social Rights (ECSR - the "Social Charter")?

Date: 11 July 2016. Topics

Does abuse of vulnerable migrant domestic workers amount to unlawful nationality discrimination? 

Police Roma Registration regarded as discrimination

First court case claiming compensation because of ethnic discrimination 

Fighting all forms of gender based violence

New legislation affecting employment rights in line with Directive 2000/78/EC 

Report on activities undertaken in 2015 by the two institutions holding competences in relation to equality and non-discrimination

Amendments made to the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act listing fourteen rights rendering the said rights enforceable. Amendments also strengthen the KNPD’s regulatory role to ensure that the rights of persons with a disability are safeguarded

Forced eviction, housing policy of people of Roma origin

The equality body applies the Racial Equality Directive to labour market restrictions affecting third country nationals and gives a wide interpretation to the term ‘racial or ethnic origin’  

Does the use of the words “Negro” and “American” by a public social worker constitute discrimination? 

The extent of the employer’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodation 

Can obesity be deemed to be a disability covered by the Act on Prohibition of Discrimination in the Labour Market etc. 

Finland deposited its instrument of ratification concerning the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol with the Secretary General of the United Nations. The Convention and its Optional Protocol will thus enter into force for Finland on 10 June 2016

Extension of maternity leave and increased flexibility

Changes in the Labour Code and in civil servants legislation / gender discrimination in language 

Did the dismissal of a woman because of long absence from her job constitute indirect discrimination because of her son’s disability? 

The principle of equality in the ruling of political and administrative elections 

Date: 24 May 2016. Topics

The right to take up a period of parental leave and collective bargaining 

Date: 24 May 2016. Topics

On 14 March, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) published Concluding Observations on reports of Latvia. The observations pay special attention to children with disabilities, children belonging to minorities, including Roma children, children in rural areas, LGBTI children 

Private Landlord avoiding to enter into contracts with “foreigners”

Monitoring of discrimination cases concerning public sector on behalf of the competent Equality Body

 Country report Gender equality: How are EU rules transposed into national law?

Date: 14 April 2016. Topics

 Country report Gender equality: How are EU rules transposed into national law?

Date: 14 April 2016. Topics

Country report Gender equality: How are EU rules transposed into national law?

Date: 14 April 2016. Topics

Whether the failure of a municipality to adequately plan and prepare the winding up of a segregated Roma neighbourhood (and thus creating the threat of homelessness among the concerned families) amounts to discrimination

The Constitutional Court clarified some aspects of proving discrimination in civil proceedings, with particular focus on the requirements stemming from the concept of shift in burden of proof 

Delay on accession to Istanbul Convention and other policy developments restricting women’s rights 

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