Equality and Human Rights News

Welcome to the website of the Equality and Diversity Forum, a national network of equality and human rights organisations. This website brings together a wide range of equality and human rights information and resources provided by EDF and other organisations.

The Queen’s Speech – May 2016

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The Queen's Speech on 18 May set out the government’s proposed legislative programme and was described by the Prime Minister as a 'One Nation Queen’s speech from a One Nation Government'.
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Justice committee report on ‘The UK, the EU and a British Bill of Rights’

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On 9 May 2016, Parliament's EU Justice Sub-committee published its report on the Government’s proposal to introduce a UK Bill of Rights.
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Cloisters column on ‘Whiplash: George Osborne’s Modest Proposal’

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Leading equality and human rights barristers from Cloisters chambers give a monthly practical insight into key legal developments.
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Call for evidence: Government review to increase BME labour market progression

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On 10 May 2016, BIS launched a call for evidence as part of the review into increasing progression in the labour market by people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. The call for evidence will close on 22 August 2016.
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FRA compendium of practices for addressing hate crime

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In May 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a compendium of practices from across the EU on how to combat hate crime.
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EHRC invitation to submit strategic cases

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission is inviting legal advisors to contact the Commission if they have a case that resonates with the strategic litigation policy and the business plan of the EHRC.
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ILGA-Europe Rainbow Europe Index

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ILGA-Europe’s fifth edition of its Rainbow Europe Index was published in May 2016.
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EDF Research Network and QMUL seminar on fair treatment at work – 29 June 2016

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The EDF Research Network and the Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity are holding a seminar to discuss 'Raising the bar on equality and fair treatment at work'.
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Letter from Human Rights Committee Chair to Michael Gove MP regarding British Bill of Rights

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In April 2016, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights wrote to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP regarding a British Bill of Rights and inviting him to give oral evidence to the Committee on 25 May 2016.
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Parliamentary report on EHRC Chair’s appointment and call for public appointments process review

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On 9 May 2016, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published its report on the joint Pre Appointment Hearing for the new Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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Appointment of new EHRC Chair and Scotland Commissioner

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David Isaac's appointment as the new Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was confirmed in April 2016.
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EHRC submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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The EHRC's submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights covers a number of equality and human rights issues.
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EDF briefing on the EU

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The Equality and Diversity Forum produced a briefing on the European Union in April 2016, in anticipation of the referendum on the issue on 23 June 2016.
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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Is Britain Fairer?

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The most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain was published in October 2015. Further reviews for Wales, Scotland, and England have also been published.
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Equally Ours: Rights for Life publication on human rights

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In March 2016, Equally Ours published 'Rights for Life' - sharing stories on how human rights have been used in people's lives.
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EDF guidance for the voluntary sector on the Equality Act, the PSED and ‘due regard’

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EDF published leaflets to help VCS organisations use the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty in their work.
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