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The information contained on this page represents the situation as of 1 Janaury 2013 and is a summary of the country report produced by the country expert from the network. The summary can be downloaded here as well.

Contact: Wilfried Marxer

Country context

The Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in Europe, with only 36,000 inhabitants. Some basic overview about the population can be given by the following figures.

Main principles and definitions

Direct discrimination is defined in both the AEPD and the AEWM. The AEPD defines direct discrimination as follows: discrimination occurs when a person with disability is, has been or would be treated less favourably in a comparable situation than a person without disability (Article 6 § 1 AEPD). Same definition applies to the AEWM (Article 1a AEWM).

Enforcing the law

Several ministries and workgroups are supporting the enforcement of the laws by advising and counselling concerned persons and by coordinating activities. State authorities strongly co-operate with and support non-governmental associations financially. There exists a growing spectrum of associations and officers in charge of anti-discrimination, listed in section 6.

Main legislation

There is no comprehensive and general anti-discrimination act in Liechtenstein. Various acts deal with different issues regarding discrimination.[1]

Material scope

The AEPD states in Article 5 that people with disabilities shall not be discriminated against. Article 10 specifies that employees shall not be discriminated against, neither in a direct nor in an indirect way. The provision in Article 10 also include the aspects of recruitment, payment, voluntary social security benefits, vocational training, occupational career and promotion, other working conditions, termination of employment, accessibility to job services, vocational training and other services outside an employment contract, membership and co-operation in trade unions, and conditions for the access to self-employment (Article 10 §1 lit. a to lit. k).

Equality bodies

The main bodies that are dedicated to anti-discrimination – fully or partly – are:

Office for Equality of People with Disabilities.[1]This Office was installed by the government according to the AEPD (Article 22). It also states that a private association can be mandated with this task. At present, the Liechtenstein Association for People with Disabilities runs the Office. Article 22 §2 of the AEPD indicates the duties of the Office, main ones are: Recommendations to the government; counselling of private and public bodies; collaboration in the legislation, drafting of reports; design and conduct projects; reporting to the government; co-operation with public and private bodies.

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