About Our Work_

In recent years there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of equality as a fundamental principle in human rights. It is based on the belief that individuals should be able to enjoy rights without discrimination on grounds of race, gender, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other status. INTERIGHTS Equality Programme, in conjunction with its regional programmes, aims to assist with the elaboration of stronger international and regional jurisprudence in respect of key principles of equality.

You can read further information about all of our equality litigation on our Case Docket.


Internship vacancy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer

INTERIGHTS is seeking applications from lawyers working on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights for a 6-month internship. This internship focuses on LGBTI in Africa with the aim of developing INTERIGHTS' strategic work in the region.

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Gauer v France

On 16 August 2011, the Center for Reproductive Rights, European Disability Forum, INTERIGHTS, International Disability Alliance and Mental Disability Advocacy Center submitted written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Gauer and Others v France (Application no 61521/08) brought by five women with mental disabilities who were forcibly sterilised.

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The vulnerability of migrant domestic workers

INTERIGHTS submitted a third party intervention in the case of Kawogo v the United Kingdom before the European Court of Human Rights, focusing on the positive obligations owed by states to provide protection to migrant domestic workers from abuse and exploitation.

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Questioning the lawfulness of placing people with disabilities in social care homes

On 19 November 2010, INTERIGHTS submitted a third party intervention to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Stanev v Bulgaria which concerns the long-term placement in a social care home of a man diagnosed with schizophrenia, who had previously been partially deprived of his legal capacity. INTERIGHTS believes that this case presents the Court with an opportunity to examine critical questions regarding the lawfulness of the practice of placing people with disabilities in social care homes in the absence of adequate community based services.

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A missed opportunity to address the lack of access to justice and social exclusion faced by people with disabilities

In September 2010, the European Court of Human Rights dismissed as inadmissible Farcas v Romania, a case brought by Alois Farcas, a man with disabilities who complained about the lack of access to essential public amenities, including court buildings and lawyers' offices, in his Romanian hometown of Piatra Neamt.

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Capacity Building and Standard Setting_

Article in latest edition of Perspectives

An article by Sibongile Ndashe, Equality Lawyer at INTERIGHTS, titled 'The battle for the recognition of LGBTI rights as human rights' has been published in Perspectives. Political Analysis and Commentary from Africa 04/2010 Struggle for equality: Sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights in Africa from the Heinrich Böll Foundation Southern Africa.

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