Implementation issues

AuthorLatraverse, Sophie
8.1 Dissemination of information, dialogue with NGOs and between soc ial
a) Dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination (Article 10
An inter-ministerial delegate coordinates Government action with regard to racism
(Délégué interministériel à la lutte c ontre le racisme, l’antisémitisme et l’homophobie,
DILCRAH). The delegate has managed initiatives for mobilising civil society and has put in
place a va st training programme for 50 000 civil servants in contact with the public, in
order to train them to offer adequate support and guidance for victims of racism an d to
respond t o situati ons of overt racism, with a particular interest in antisemitism and the
historical-philosophical basis of anti-racism in France.
The Defender of Rights pursues communications activities through its website, the
publication of leaflets, posters in all public services, its network of local delegates and its
media strategy, as well as regularly contributing to training programm es for civil servants
and civil society.
On 5 October 2015, the Defender of Rights, together with the Judicial Supreme Court
(Court of Cassation, Cour de Cassation), the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat)
and the National Bar Association , organised a one-day seminar at the Court of Cassation
to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the national equality body.375
On 13 December 2016, it organised a conference to mark 10 years since the ratification of
the International Convention on the Rights of Disabled P ersons and published a r eport on
the principles of application of the provisions of the Convention.
In January 2018, the Defender of Rights and the research body of the Minister of Ju stice
(GIP Justice), co-organised an international two-day seminar on the multiplication of anti-
discrimination grounds.376
Most NGOs, wheth er anti-racist or promoting the rights of disabled people, LGBT people,
people with certain health conditions or elderly people (including MRAP, SOS Racism,
LICRA, LDH, SIDA Info services, AIDES, LGBT, APF etc.),377 are subsidised by the State
and pursue information dissemination activities. These activities include dissemination
from their own websites, presenting legal prec edents and legal tools, many of which are
adapted for the visually impaired, as well as seminars and events.
Article 61bis of Law No. 2017- 86 of 27 January 2017 on equality and citizenship has
created an obligation for all r ecruitment departments of organisations of more than 300
employees to undertake training to correct discriminatory bia ses and implement
transparent processes.
375 Defender of Rights, Colloque 10 ans de droit de la non-discrimination, (Seminar 10 years of anti-
discrimination law), October 2015, available at:
376 Defender of Rights, Actes du colloque ‘Multiplication des critères de discrimination. Enjeux, effets et
perspectives’, (Seminar, Multiplication of grounds of discrimination: Stakes, impact and perspectives),
January 2018, available at:
377 MRAP (Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples - Movement against racism and for
friendship between peoples), SOS Racism, LICRA (Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme -
International League against Racism and antisemitism), LDH (Ligue des droits de l’homme - Human Rights
League), SIDA Info services (Aids hotline), AIDES (Rights of people suffering from Aids), LGBT (Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Trans coalition), APF (Association des paralysés de France French Association of Victims
of Paralysis).

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