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The Equal Rights Trust's submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on new information technologies, racial equality and non-discrimination

The Equal Rights Trust has taken the opportunity to respond to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in relation to the call for submissions on the acute and structural threats that new information technologies such as big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) pose to the rights to non-discrimination and racial equality human rights principles and standards.

To read the submission, click here.

The Equal Rights Trust, Equality Now and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre jointly intervene in TV v Russia (ECtHR) – 29 January 2020

A joint Third Party Intervention by the Equal Rights Trust, Equality Now and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights on 29 January 2020.

The submissions address current human rights standards and requirements on the definition and interpretation of rape and its investigation, and the necessity to examine rape complaints and their investigation under the right to non-discrimination (article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights) in conjunction with the prohibition of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment (article 3). The applicant in this case is a Russian national who claims that the State failed to conduct an effective investigation into her allegations of rape by her husband.

“Sifting the Grain” presenting testimony of discrimination and inequality in Yemen

Today, the Equal Rights Trust launches its new report Sifting the Grain: 6,000 Testimonies of Discrimination and Inequality from Yemen, which presents an analysis of extensive field research on discrimina­tion, inequality and other human rights abuses conducted in Yemen by eleven field research teams between 2015 and 2017 and analysed by Yemeni researchers in 2018.

Equal Rights Trust mourns the loss of Asma Jahangir

 

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

 

London, 12 February

The Equal Rights Trust is deeply saddened by the sudden death of our former trustee Asma Jahangir, yesterday. Asma made an enormous contribution to the advancement and protection of human rights at the international level and her loss will have a profound impact. Importantly, Asma consistently championed the most marginalised and made them the focus of her immense efforts for change. Her work as UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief leaves a particularly valuable legacy for religious minorities around the world. 

9 countries, 7 months & 400 stakeholders engaged – first stage of our ambitious project complete

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. During our missions, we have met with approximately 400 representatives from civil society and trade unions, gathering critical information on how best to strengthen their efforts to monitor and advocate for the effective implementation of the conventions in their respective countries.

LGBT activist Mamikon Hovespyan announced as equality award winner for 2017

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. In addition, he has advocated a holistic approach to non-discrimination, working to challenge violence against women, and collaborating with other members of the Non-Discrimination and Equality Coalition to promote the adoption of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in Armenia.

World Refugee Day 2017: Equal Rights Trust calls for urgent protection of the Rohingya

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.

Nominations open for Bob Hepple Equality Award 2017

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.

Established by the Equal Rights Trust in memory of the late Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, champion of equality and non-discrimination, and Chair and then Honorary President of the Trust. The award celebrates those who have dedicated themselves to advancing equality, in particular recognising the achievements of those who promote the comprehensive approach to equality which Bob Hepple promoted, and which drives our work at the Trust. We seek to honour those whose work has not yet received the widespread recognition we feel it deserves.

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