The basic mission of the Anti-Discrimination Body is to prevent and combat discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, community, color, language, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, political or other beliefs.

The scope of the Anti-Discrimination Body covers both the private and the public sectors and extends to the areas of social protection, social security, social benefits, health care, education, participation in associations and professional organisations and access to goods and services, including housing.

Further, the investigation of individual complaints and the provision of independent assistance to victims of discrimination, the institutional competences of the Anti-Discrimination Body include actions and interventions of preventive, repressive and educational nature. The most important of these are the following:
    · The promotion of equality in the enjoyment of human rights and equal opportunities, regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, community, age, language, color, religion, political or other beliefs.
    · Taking measures for the practical implementation of the legislative provisions governing or prohibiting treatment which constitutes prohibited discrimination.
    · Imposing measures of a retaliatory nature.
    · Publication of Codes of Practice
    · Conduct of research and statistical studies on discrimination issues
    · Examination of issues regarding discrimination, either on its own motion or following the submission of a complaint by a person or organization
    · Coordination of the actions of the public authorities and awareness raising activities of public authorities and of the civil society.

Aristos Tsiartas

First Officer, Office of the Commissioner of Administration and Protection of Human Rights
Responsible for Anti-Discrimination issues

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