Rights and equality

Fewer living at risk of poverty in Europe 

Wednesday 20 May 2020 | Clara Guibourg
| Newsworthy

The proportion of people living at risk of poverty has dropped in most European countries over the last five years. But a few countries counters this trend, and large gaps remain within nations. In this report we look closer at the risk of poverty across Europe.


Not just apps: privacy, personal data and COVID-19 in the western Balkans 

Monday 18 May 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The measures adopted by some Balkan countries to contain the pandemic have raised perplexity in associations and researchers who deal with privacy and digital rights. Emergency actions, derogating from the national rules of law, could translate into mass surveillance tools.


Focus: coronavirus and fundamental rights 

Thursday 30 April 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Our thematic focus this month is entirely on the legal and democratic challenges that the pandemic is posing to our societies. In particular, we look at how fundamental rights may be threatened by some emergency measures that are adopted or discussed in Europe. 


Homophobia is on the rise in Hungary 

Wednesday 30 October 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

According to a new survey by the Eurobarometer, most Hungarians are extremely dismissive of LBGTI people, and the rate has greatly increased over the last few years. This attitude is consistent across most issues connected with LGBTI rights, and it is in line with Fidesz's policy.


Equality bodies in Europe

Wednesday 04 December 2019 | Valentina Vivona
| OBC Transeuropa

Equality bodies are national institutions that tackle discrimination in society. Building on Equinet data, OBCT has developed an Index to assess the effectiveness of these institutions.


Equality, you know what I mean? 

Wednesday 04 December 2019 | Valentina Vivona
| OBC Transeuropa

Over the last twenty years, European directives have facilitated the creation of equality bodies. The majority of these institutions are still not very familiar to European citizens, but there are some exceptions in south-eastern countries.


Women in power 

Friday 08 March 2019 | Milena Hassenkamp
Marcel Pauly
| Spiegel Online

Sweden does it without a law, France does it with one. The proportion of women in European parliaments and cabinets is determined by a number of different factors. A comparison.


What about the security of security guards? 

Monday 16 December 2019 | Ana Kuzmanić
Ivana Perić
| H-Alter

Security guards in Croatia suffer from harsh working conditions: extremely long work shifts, poor equipment, minimum salary. They are overburned and cannot have a proper private life, but they have little alternatives. Yet security business is flourishing in Europe, and companies make millions of revenues.


Hungarian prisons are the most overcrowded in Europe 

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Lithuania is the EU country with the highest rate of inmates in relation to the population, but prison overcrowding is the highest in Hungary.


Where does Europe stand on LGBTI rights? 

Saturday 15 June 2019 | Kashyap Raibagi
| VoxEurop

Thirty-three countries out of 49 in Europe have not legalised same-sex marriage. Most Central and Eastern Europeans oppose same-sex marriage whereas most Western Europeans favour it.