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The European Social Charter in Austerity Europe: Damning Conclusions on the Right of Access to Healthcare in Spain

The European Social Charter in Austerity Europe: Damning Conclusions on the Right of Access to Healthcare in Spain

Recent conclusions published by the European Committee on Social Rights (ECSR) present yet another damning indictment of the impact of austerity measures on human rights across Europe. In particular, the Committee’s condemnation of discriminatory healthcare policy in Spain points to the increased burden of austerity measures placed on vulnerable minorities. The Contracting Parties in the [...]

New employment tribunal fees and discrimination: UNISON v Lord Chancellor; Equality and Human Rights Commission

New employment tribunal fees and discrimination: UNISON v Lord Chancellor; Equality and Human Rights Commission

The High Court (Moses LJ, Irwin J) today delivered judgment in the important judicial review proceedings brought by UNISON to challenge the fees regime introduced in the employment tribunal and EAT. The Court rejected the application but its judgment is interesting for what it says about the effect of fees and for the possibility of [...]

The New Barbarians: Bulgarians and Romanians at the Gate!

The New Barbarians: Bulgarians and Romanians at the Gate!

Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, is reputed to have said: ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.’ His words echo the current hostile campaign waged against Romanians and Bulgarians. During 2013 the British government repeated ad nauseam that come 1 [...]

Naz and Reclaiming Counter-Majoritarianism

Naz and Reclaiming Counter-Majoritarianism

The term “counter-majoritarian” has, more often than not, been used in a derogatory fashion – especially when it is used to describe an institution like the Supreme Court. However, after the Supreme Court’s ruling on S.377 of the Indian Penal Code, whereby it re-criminalized homosexuality after four years of it being decriminalized in India, it [...]

Stereotyping as Direct Discrimination?

Stereotyping as Direct Discrimination?

The Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority (ETA) found that the entrance policy of a music club violated anti-discrimination legislation. The club in Budapest only charged men for entrance but not women. Whose equality was at stake? The complaint to the ETA was submitted by a male consumer. The complainant argued the he had to bear a [...]

The Crime of “Homosexuality” under Cameroon Criminal Law

The Crime of “Homosexuality” under Cameroon Criminal Law

According to Human Rights Watch there are 76 countries in the world that prosecute people for having consensual sexual relations with a person of the same sex. In Cameroon,  the rate of enforcement of anti-homosexual laws  is amongst the highest on the globe. Over the past three years, charges have been brought against 28 people [...]

Naz Foundation: Reading Down the Supreme Court

Naz Foundation: Reading Down the Supreme Court

There is no doubt that the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar v Naz Foundation held that section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature,’ was constitutionally valid. The court overruled the 2009 Delhi High Court decision which had read down section 377 to exclude ‘consensual sexual acts [...]

European Court of Human Rights Says Dismissal of HIV-positive Employee is Incompatible with the Convention

European Court of Human Rights Says Dismissal of HIV-positive Employee is Incompatible with the Convention

In the case of I.B. v. Greece, the European Court of Human Rights held that the dismissal of an HIV-positive employee due to pressure exercised by his fellow employees on the employer to dismiss him was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The applicant was working for a jewellery manufacturer. He confessed to [...]

The Need for ‘Hard Evidence’ of Public Sector Equality Duty Outcomes

The Need for ‘Hard Evidence’ of Public Sector Equality Duty Outcomes

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) Review report, published 6th September, was met with cautious relief.  Until it was issued, many charity and campaigning groups were concerned the Duty, which requires public bodies to have due regard for need to eliminate discrimination and advance equality for people from different groups, would be abolished.  However, the [...]

The Inter-American Anti-Discrimination Conventions and the Concealed Challenges Ahead

The Inter-American Anti-Discrimination Conventions and the Concealed Challenges Ahead

On 5 June 2013, the Organisation of American States (OAS) adopted the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance (the Anti-Racism Convention) and the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance (the Anti-Discrimination Convention). The adoption of these conventions is undoubtedly an important step towards the elimination of discrimination [...]

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A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]