This is a report of the European Commission written by Professor O. De Schutter. The report "offers an overview of the protection from discrimination under the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights and the 1961 European Social Charter as well as the 1996 Revised European Social Charter, which are the main human rights treaties of the Council of Europe.
Race and Ethnicity
This convention lays down a framework for the activities of private employment agencies. Article 1 defines the type of legal or natural person who would fall within the definition of "private employment agency". Under Article 5, state parties to the Convention are required to "ensure that private employment agencies treat workers without discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction, social origin, or any other form of discrimination covered by national law and practice, such as age or disability".
This document outlines the basic principles and freedoms of the European Union. Chapter III, Equality, is particularly relevant.
These principles are organized around the following themes: (1) independence, (2) participation, (3) self-fulfillment, (4) dignity and (5) care. These principles reflect the need for striking a balance between integrating older people into society while acknowledging their special needs. Article 18 provides that "older persons should be treated fairly regardless of age, gender, racial or ethnic background, disability or other status, and be valued independently of their economic contribution." It was adopted by General Assembly resolution 46/91 of 16 December 1991
Article E in Part V provides for a general non-discrimination clause. Article 20 prohibits discrimination between men and women in employment and calls on states to give recognition to this prohibition and take steps to promote the right to equal opportunity and equal treatment.
This is the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, concluding observations on the second periodic report of Venezuela.
This is the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Mexico
This is the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, concluding observations on the second periodic Report of Japan.
This is the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, concluding observation on the initial periodic report of Greece.
This is the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, concluding observations for the fourth and fifth periodic reports of Canada. It was published on 22 May 2006.