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IVO: Public lacks awareness of bias

A SURVEY by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) has concluded that the Slovak public has little awareness of discrimination.

A SURVEY by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) has concluded that the Slovak public has little awareness of discrimination.

The survey was conducted as part of a EU–wide initiative titled On the Road to Equality that IVO is carrying out in cooperation with the Citizen and Democracy NGO, PDSC and Hlava 98.

Oľga Gyárfášová of IVO explained on June 11 that the aim was to find out Slovaks’ views on discrimination and what they believe the term means, the SITA newswire wrote.

The respondents said the most important rights and freedoms are the right to health care, social security and personal safety. Also in the top ten were the right to equal treatment under the law and the right to a fair trial.

Respondents said the most frequently violated rights were the right to equal treatment under the law, a fair trial, labour, social security and healthy environment.

Respondents also said discrimination occurs mostly on the labour market (79 percent), when dealing with authorities (51 percent) and in health care (45 percent). The most frequent reason for discrimination is age (84 percent), followed by physical handicap (74 percent), race and ethnicity (59 percent) and gender (47 percent), the survey showed.

Citizen and Democracy said Slovakia’s anti-discrimination legislation provides protection and defines basic terms related to discrimination. The two problems with the legislation are that it is not enforced enough and that the principle of equality is not applied in other legislation, it stated.

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