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This section contains links to speeches, letters and articles about equality and human rights.

Please note that the Equality and Diversity Forum does not endorse the material provided.

Brexit: Implications for Equality and Human Rights Law

March 9, 2017
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Ebony Riddell Bamber, EDF Research and Impact Director, writes about our February 2017 Brexit and Equality seminar.
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Equality matters to human rights. We need a socio-economic duty.

February 28, 2017
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Koldo Casla from Just Fair (EDF Associate) writes about the need for a socio-economic duty under s1 Equality Act 2010.
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Cloisters column part two – ‘Premature Labelling? A child-centred approach to questions of gender identity’

February 13, 2017
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Leading equality and human rights barristers from Cloisters chambers give a monthly practical insight into key legal developments. This is part two of a two-part series on trans rights.
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Cloisters column part one – ‘To pee or not to pee….? Toilets and Gender Identity’

January 9, 2017
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Leading equality and human rights barristers from Cloisters chambers give a monthly practical insight into key legal developments. This is part one of a two-part series on trans rights. Part two will explore gender identity and children.
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Cloisters column: ‘The age of Trump and “Brexit”: is the balance between gay rights and religious freedom changing?’

December 9, 2016
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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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Cloisters column: ‘Rights at home can secure the right to a home – Disability and homelessness under the Human Rights Act 1998’

November 11, 2016
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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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Cloisters column: ‘Discrimination in awards for personal injury’

October 15, 2016
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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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Letter from Joint Committee on Human Rights to Michael Fallon MP

October 15, 2016
Parliament

The Joint Committee on Human Rights wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon MP, in October 2016, asking for a full explanation of the Government’s proposal to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to protect the Armed Forces from legal claims arising from future overseas operations.
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Posted in: Debate, Equality and Europe, Policy and law

Women and Equalities Select Committee session on boundary reviews and representation of women MPs

October 15, 2016
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In October 2016 the Women and Equalities Select Committee examined 'The Good Parliament' report and how the boundary reviews could influence the representation of women MPs in the next Parliament in a session.
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Letter from Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding EASS and G4S

October 2, 2016
Parliament

Harriet Harman MP, chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, has published a letter to Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, regarding the recent decision to award the contract for the Equality Advisory and Support Service to G4S.
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Cloisters column: ‘Time for Action – The Lawyers’ Refugee Initiative’

September 15, 2016
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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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EHRC – ‘What to do if you’re worried about racism: EU referendum factsheet’

July 19, 2016
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'What to do if you're worried about racism: EU referendum factsheet' was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in July 2016.
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Posted in: Briefings and leaflets, Debate, Equality and Europe, Research and reports, Training and guidance

Home Department Minister statement on hate crime

July 19, 2016
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Karen Bradley MP, the Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for the Home Department, made a statement on 29 June 2016 regarding hate crime.
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Cloisters column: ‘A part of inclusion? Disabled people and the right to a fair hearing’

July 18, 2016
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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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Blog on ‘Brexit and potential human rights implications’

July 10, 2016

'Brexit and potential human rights implications' by UKREN's Alan Anstead looks at some of the main human rights implications of the UK government invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and starting the countdown to leaving the EU.
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Statement condemning evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe

July 8, 2016

In June 2016, international organisations came together in a statement condemning evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe.
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Early Day Motion on Xenophobia and Political Discourse

July 8, 2016
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An Early Day Motion was tabled in June 2016 recognising the hugely positive contribution made by nationals of other countries, including other EU countries, to the UK's economy, society, communities and families, and condemning the xenophobia that many are encountering.
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Responses to post-Brexit rise in racist incidents

July 8, 2016

Many organisations condemned the rise in racist incidents that was reported following the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
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Posted in: Campaigns and projects, Debate, Equality and Europe

Low Pay Commission letter: ‘migrants have little impact on low pay rates’

June 28, 2016

The chair of the Low Pay Commission, Sir David Norgrove, wrote in a letter to the TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, in June 2016 that “the share of immigrants in the workforce has had little or no impact on the pay rates of the indigenous population”.
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Labour to appoint a Shadow Minister for Neurodiversity

June 9, 2016
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The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, announced in May 2016 that Labour would introduce a Shadow Minister for Neurodiversity.
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LSE debate on ‘Challenging Inequalities’

June 9, 2016

This public debate at LSE debated different approaches to challenging inequality across the globe.
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British Academy debate about the UK, human rights and the European Convention

May 23, 2016
British Academy

In April 2016, Colm O'Cinneide, Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at University College London, talked to Professor David Feldman FBA about the UK and the European Convention of Human Rights.
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Trust for London and RSA Inequality Debate

May 16, 2016
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In April 2016, Trust for London in partnership with the RSA, assembled an expert panel to debate the issue of inequality in London.
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Letter from Human Rights Committee Chair to Michael Gove MP regarding British Bill of Rights

May 16, 2016
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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 exchange of letters on racial discrimination

March 4, 2016

In January 2016, the Women and Equalities Committee had an exchange of letters with the Government about its approach to tackling racial discrimination.
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Rachel Krys on ‘Making the case for human rights’

January 17, 2016

In 'Making the case for human rights', Rachel Krys says it's time for lawyers and campaigners to join forces and work together to protect the Human Rights Act.
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Freedom of Information – consultation and responses

December 21, 2015

EDF and some of its members responded to the call for evidence by the Commission on Freedom of Information to oppose any weakening of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
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Posted in: Campaigns and projects, Consultations, Debate, EDF Resources

Letter to mark International Human Rights Day 2015

December 14, 2015

A letter from the Equality and Diversity Forum and 150 other organisations marking International Human Rights Day was published in the Times newspaper on 10 December 2015.
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Scottish Recovery Network: Rights and Recovery in Mental Health

November 22, 2015

In October 2015, the Scottish Recovery Network published a briefing paper on 'Rights and Recovery in Mental Health'.
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The Equal Rights Review – Volume Fifteen

October 12, 2015
Equal Right Trust

Volume Fifteen of the Equal Rights Review from the Equal Rights Trust (ERT) was published in October 2015.
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Posted in: Debate, Newsletters and journals