The Equal Rights Trust is proud to launch our new five-year strategy in which we espouse our vision for an equal world. It is a challenging time in the struggle for equality, with many equality defenders facing a shrinking civic space and rising intolerance. However, it is also a time of opportunity. More countries are adopting comprehensive anti-discrimination laws and social movements for equality, such as the recent #MeToo campaign, are having an impact.
London, 12 February
On 20 November 2017 – Universal Children’s Day – the Equal Rights Trust launched Learning InEquality: Using Equality Law to Tackle Barriers to Primary Education for Out-Of-School Children. The global report fills an important gap in existing research, by analysing how both current and past patterns of discrimination lead to children of primary school age being out of school.
This evening, in Warsaw, the Equal Rights Trust will bring together participants at the 2017 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting to discuss the need for states in Central Asia to adopt comprehensive equality laws. Our event is being held alongside Europe’s largest annual human rights conference, which brings together government and non-government representatives from all 57 OSCE participating states to discuss states' commitment to democracy and human rights.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the ongoing military operation against the Rohingya in Myanmar a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. The Equal Rights Trust joins the UN and others urging the Government of Myanmar to bring an immediate end to all violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine State and to allow access to the region for humanitarian agencies and to the media and independent organisations seeking to document the situation there.
The Equal Rights Trust, the Association of Citizens Praxis (Praxis), and Sandžak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms (Sandzak Committee) call for applications from lawyers in Serbia who wish to participate in strategic litigation on the rights to equality and non-discrimination.
In July, the Equal Rights Trust completed its final factfinding mission as part of its work promoting the implementation of three UN conventions and seven core International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions in nine countries around the world.