This is the text of the Act Prohibiting Discriminatory and other Degrading Treatment of Children and Pupils, enacted by Sweden. It was adopted on 16 February 2006 and has been in force since 1 April 2006.
Race and Ethnicity
This is the text of the Ordinance No 137/2000 on Preventing and Sanctioning All Forms of Discrimination, enacted by Romania. It was adopted on 31 August 2000 has been in force since October 2000.
This is the text of the Equal Treatment and the Promotion of Equal Opportunities Act, enacted by Hungary. It was adopted on 22 December 2003.
This is the text of the Employment Contracts Act, originally enacted by Finland in 2001. It originally came into force on 1 June 2001. The text includes all amendments made in regard to this Act up to 2006.
This is the ERT case summary of the European Court of Human Rights case Sampanis and Others v. Greece (application no. 32526/05).
On November 13, 2007, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, overturning the Chamber judgment of 7 February 2006, found that the right to non-discrimination guaranteed by Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated by Czech authorities who had been placing disproportionately high numbers of Romani children in substandard special schools for children with learning disabilities.
On 14th of December 2007 The Equal Rights Trust urged Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia , to immediately release from detention P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar; and to ensure that everyone, without distinction of any kind, including ethnic origin and political or other opinion, is effectively protected from arbitrary arrest and charges for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.
On 26 February 2008, The Equal Rights Trust again urged Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, to ensure that the police does not abuse its powers to discriminate against certain civil society groups and opposition party activists. ERT has also called on the Malaysian Government to accede to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its optional protocols and to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and thus reinforce the safeguards for the enjoyment of human rights in Malaysia.
On 4 March 2008 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that Romania had violated Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights in conjunction with Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment). The Equal Rights Trust, on 10th March 2008, welcomed the judgement as a contribution to the complex questions of evidence and proof in Article 14 jurisprudence of the ECHR.
This paper was delivered by Gilberto Rincon Gallardo, President of the National Council for the prevention of Discrimination in Mexico, at ERT Conference “Principles on Equality” on 4 April 2008.