House of Lords judgement on definition of a public authority

On 20 June 2007, The House of Lords handed down its judgment in the case of YL v Birmingham City Council and others which explored the definition of ‘public authority’ under section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

By a majority of 3 to 2. the Law Lords held that that a private care home providing accommodation to elderly residents under contract with a local authority was not itself exercising ‘functions of a public nature’ for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998. Consequently, the care home was not bound under section 6(1) of the HRA to act in accordance with rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Should violence be a priority for the CEHR?

On 4 June 2007, the Equality and Diversity Forum and the End Violence Against Women campaign held a conference to discuss whether violence should be a priority for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

The event was Chaired by Sarah Spencer CBE, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Speakers included: Professor Liz Kelly, EVAW Chair, presenting ‘From the Outset: Why Violence should be a priority for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’; Karon Monaghan of Matrix Chambers on how anti-discrimination law can address violence; Katie Ghose of the British Institute of Human Rights on how human rights can provide an underpinning framework for dealing with violence; and Shehla Husain of the Crown Prosecution Service on its work addressing violence as an intersectional issue.

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EVAW: ‘From the outset. Why violence should be a priority for the CEHR’

In June 2007, the End Violence Against Women campaign published a report ‘From the Outset: Why violence should be a priority for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’.

The report suggests that there has been insufficient analysis of violence as an equality issue and that the impact of violence on individuals, communities and the State means that it is essential that the CEHR prioritises these issues.

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