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Are there NGOs - other civil society organisations supporting victims of discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnic origin and religion in court?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Policies & Organisations
29/02/2012 - 18:06
Short Answer

While many NGOs are working on the area of Anti-Racism, at present none are providing legal representation as they either do not have the required practicing certificates to legally represent clients or do not have the resources. Most representation is provided by private law practitioners, often by referral from NGOs.

Qualitative Info

To apply for free legal representation in a case involving racism/discrimination one must contact the Equality Authority who describe their involvement in such matters thusly:

“The Equality Authority has an in-house Legal Service that may, at its discretion, where the case has strategic importance, provide free legal assistance to those making complaints of discrimination under the Employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status Act 2000. Given the limits on available resources, it is not possible to provide legal assistance for all those who request it. It provides such assistance only in a small percentage of cases according to the criteria that have been set down by the Board of the Equality Authority.”

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
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