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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
20/12/2011 - 13:33
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With the AGG entering into effect in August 2006, a new independent body, the anti-discrimination body (Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes, ADS), was established according to the minimum requirements of the directive 2000/43. The ADS covers all grounds of discrimination equally in its function as complaint body. Among other duties, the ADS is in charge of receiving complaints and provide support to victims of discrimination; the ADS can mediate between the accused perpetrator and the complainant seeking to find an amicable solution. The ADS has no investigative powers and is not mandate to assist the victim in legal procedures.  
Furthermore, the two states Hamburg and Berlin have installed a statutory anti-discrimination body in recent years. While the Hamburg state body (Arbeitsstelle Vielfalt) is also concerned with handling complaints and providing support to victims of discrimination (with a similar mandate as the ADS on federal level), the Berlin LADS has successfully set up a Berlin-wide network of (mainly non-governmental) organisations specialised on dealing with discrimination complaints and offering professional support to the complainants.
In addition to the three government agencies, a number of non-governmental organisations have established anti-discrimination offices.



  • Peucker, Mario/ Lechner, Claudia (2010), Machbarkeitsstudie: Standardisierte Datenerhebung zum Nachweis von Diskriminierung!? – Bestandsaufnahme und Ausblick, Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ed.), Berlin. 
Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability
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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism
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