Following the success of our online training on identifying, documenting and challenging discriminatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding three more webinars in English and Spanish. We previously held the training in English and Russian. 

Last month, the Equal Rights Trust submitted evidence to three different consultations by UN special rapporteurs, each of which examined a different dimension of the role of equality law in the realisation of rights and development. The evidence provided – collected through our work supporting equality defenders around the world – serves to underline the essential role of equality laws in ensuring that everyone can participate in society on an equal basis.

As an organisation whose mission is to eliminate all forms of discrimination and to promote a world in which everyone can participate on an equal basis, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and the wider movement. At this time, we want to use our platform to amplify the voices of those working to fight racial injustice. 

Today, the Equal Rights Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a major new initiative to support equality defenders in their efforts to secure the adoption of comprehensive equality laws. Working in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Trust will develop Protecting Minority Rights: A Practical Guide on Developing Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Legislation, due to be published in 2021.

Today we are launching the #NoCOVIDiscrimination Initiative to help equality defenders in their essential work to identify, document and challenge discriminatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, we are offering free, online training. Our first training will be held in English on the 25 June (10.00-12.00 BST) and will cover:

The Equal Rights Trust provided comments on the revised draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 ICCPR (right of peaceful assembly). The Trust's focus in the submission and its central recommendation is that the General Comment should fully recognise the relevance of the right to non-discrimination to Article 21, both in framing the nature and scope of the right, and in determining the nature and scope of permissible restrictions.

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.

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 wi