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 Pakistani equality and human rights defender, Asma Jahangir, has died

 

London, 12 February

The Equal Rights Trust is delighted to invite you to the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2017 on Wednesday 4 October 2017. The Award recognises the outstanding contributions of proponents of equality, with a particular focus on those who promote the comprehensive approach to equality which drives our work at the Trust.

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.

The Equal Rights Trust is delighted to announce Mr Mamikon Hovsepyan, Executive Director of PINK Armenia as the winner of the 2017 Bob Hepple Equality Award. Despite facing considerable challenges, Mr Hovsepyan has fought tirelessly to combat discrimination against LGBT individuals in Armenia.

Each year, World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. On World Refugee Day this year the Equal Rights Trust stands in solidarity with thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled and who continue to flee discrimination and violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Today we make an urgent call to the government of Myanmar to address the root causes of this cycle of flight, and for governments of other countries in the region to fulfil their duties to protect the Rohingya and all other refugees within their borders.

Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the third annual Bob Hepple Equality Award.

Today, the Equal Rights Trust in partnership with Mizan for Law publish Shouting Through the WallsDiscriminatory Torture and Ill-Treatment, Case Studies from Jordana report which seeks to fill a vital gap in the under-explored relationship between discrimination and torture and ill-treatment and exposes shocking findings on the treatment of two marginalised groups in Jordan.

In February, the Equal Rights Trust and its partners in Serbia, Praxis and the Sandžak Committee for Human Rights and Freedoms launched a project which will protect highly vulnerable persons subject to discrimination and disadvantage. The project builds on the success of our previous work in Serbia which, among other things, developed an equality movement supporting 75 key civil society activists and the local media.

The Equal Rights Trust exists to advance equality worldwide. We work with civil society, lawyers, journalists, experts and activists in more than 40 countries around the world to combat discrimination and promote equality. We pursue our objectives through advocacy, litigation, development of resources, and movement building.

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