Equality and Human Rights News

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Cloisters column: ‘The age of Trump and “Brexit”: is the balance between gay rights and religious freedom changing?’

Cloisters

Leading equality and human rights barristers from Cloisters chambers give a monthly practical insight into key legal developments.
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The Bach Commission on access to justice: EDF response and interim report

Fabian Society

The Fabian Society is providing the secretariat to Lord Willy Bach’s Commission on Access to Justice, which will explore establishing access to justice as a fundamental public entitlement. The deadline for submissions passed in May 2016. In November 2016 the Commission published an interim report, 'The crisis in the justice system in England & Wales'.
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Casey Review into opportunity and integration

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The Casey Review report into opportunity and integration was published in December 2016. In July 2015, at the request of the then Prime Minister and Home Secretary, Dame Louise Casey was asked to undertake a review into integration and opportunity in our most isolated and deprived communities, and this report gives the findings of the review.
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EHRC guidance on religion or belief in the workplace

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission published its guidance on religion or belief in the workplace in December 2016. The guidance is part of a suite of final products from the Commission's three-year programme of work on religion or belief, and includes their report 'Religion or belief - is the law working?'
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Chief Executive Ali Harris gives evidence on equalities legislation after Brexit

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Ali Harris, our Chief Executive, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee - and called for mapping of equality, diversity and human rights issues across government on the impact of Brexit.
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Inquiry: tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

HousesofParliament

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry to look at the inequalities experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, the effectiveness of policymaking, and what action the Government can take to tackle the inequalities. The committee is particularly keen to hear directly from Gypsies, Roma and Travellers about their own experiences. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 27 January 2017.
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on ensuring strong equalities legislation after EU exit

HousesofParliament

The Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry into ensuring strong equalities legislation following EU exit in October 2016. The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 9 November 2016. The Equality and Diversity Forum made a written submission. Other submissions can be seen on the Committee website.
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Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System – emerging findings published

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The Lammy Review into BAME representation in the criminal justice system has launched its call for evidence. The review will look at the way the CJS deals with young people and adults from BAME backgrounds. The review published an interim report in November 2016.
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Women and Equalities Committee review of equalities analysis and the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement

HousesofParliament

The Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on equalities impact assessments around the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement in November 2016.
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Equally Ours strategic communications workshop for London based organisations – 3 February 2017

Equally-Ours

Equally Ours is holding a strategic communications workshop for London-based organisations. Two new dates have been added to take the training. These will take place on 12 January and 3 February 2017 at the Trust for London offices in London. The January workshop is now full but spaces are available for the February workshop.
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EHRC tendering opportunity on prejudice and unlawful behaviour

EHRC

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is tendering for a supplier(s) to evaluate promising approaches designed to tackle prejudice, discrimination, identity-based harassment or violence. They are also tendering for a supplier(s) to develop guidance and training so that organisations can assess the impact of their work on these issues.
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United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities report on the UK

United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published its report on the UK in November 2016. The report states that "the Committee considers that there is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met".
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into UN Sustainable Development Goal 5

HousesofParliament

The Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry into the Government's plans for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (#SDG5) in October 2016. Submissions should be submitted by Monday 5 December 2016. Earlier submissions will be welcomed.
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Government audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes

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On 27 August 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May launched an audit of public services to reveal racial disparities and to help end the injustices that many people experience.
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EHRC race report: ‘Healing a divided Britain’

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On 18 August 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published 'Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy'.
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Government hate crime action plan 2016

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The Government published their hate crime action plan for 2016, 'Action against Hate: the UK government's plan for tackling hate crime' in July 2016.
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EHRC report on ‘Prejudice and unlawful behaviour’

EHRC

'Prejudice and unlawful behaviour, exploring levers for change' was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 29 July 2016.
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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Is Britain Fairer?

EHRC

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

Equally-Ours

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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