Concluding Observations, E/C.12/PRY/CO/4, 6 March 2015: Paraguay
C. Principle [sic] subjects of concern and recommendations
13. The Committee is concerned that the anti-discrimination bill which was under discussion in the Senate has not been adopted. It is also concerned that the State party has not adopted effective measures to combat the persistent discrimination suffered by members of indigenous peoples, persons of African descent, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, in particular with regard to ensuring the effective exercise of their economic, social and cultural rights (art. 2, para. 2).
The Committee recommends that the State party expedite the adoption of anti- discrimination legislation that will ensure adequate protection against discrimination in accordance with article 2, paragraph 2, of the Covenant, bearing in mind the Committee’s general comment No. 20 (2009) on non-discrimination and economic, social and cultural rights, and that it, inter alia:
(a) Explicitly include in its general anti-discrimination legislation all prohibited grounds of discrimination listed in article 2, paragraph 2, of the Covenant;
(b) Define direct and indirect discrimination in accordance with the obligations incumbent upon the State party under the Covenant;
(c) Prohibit discrimination in both the public and the private spheres;
(d) Put in place effective judicial and administrative mechanisms to protect against discrimination, including through the incorporation of provisions for redress in cases of discrimination;
(e) Take the measures needed to prevent and combat persistent discrimination against all disadvantaged or marginalized individuals or groups, including through awareness-raising campaigns, in order to ensure their full enjoyment of the rights recognized under the Covenant, in particular access to employment, social security, health care and education.
Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CESCR-Paraguay-2015-eng