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Are there specialised bodies/agencies/mechanisms which receive, handle/investigate complaints in discrimination cases?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Discrimination, Equality
10/01/2012 - 04:09
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For the purposes of transposing article 13 of the Racial Equality Directive, the Combating of Racial and other forms of Discrimination (Commissioner) Law N. 42(I)/2004 extended the Ombudsman's mandate in order to grant to it the powers of investigation of complaints of discrimination on all grounds and in all fields. In addition to the five grounds of the Equality Directives (race/ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, disability) the Equality Body’s mandate includes: colour, political or other beliefs, national origin, all rights guaranteed in ECHR and all its protocols, in the International Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination, in the Convention against Torture and other Forms of Inhumane or Humiliating Treatment, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities (Articles 5, 7). There is only one Equality Body in Cyprus.


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability
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
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Media, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Religion
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