Policy and law

This section contains information about new and recent equality and human rights legislation, proposed legislation, regulations and policies, mainly in the United Kingdom and Europe.

National Preventive Mechanism Guidance – Isolation in Detention

February 23, 2017
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The UK National Preventive Mechanism, established to fulfill the UK’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture, published guidance on the use of isolation in detention in January 2017.
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WEC Call for Evidence: the Gender Pay Gap

February 21, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee has called for evidence on responses made by the Government to three recommendations made in the Committee's March 2016 report. Evidence should reach the Committee by 12 April 2017.
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WEC Report and Government Response: the Gender Pay Gap

February 21, 2017
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A March 2016 report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee says the gender pay gap will persist unless Government policy changes. The Government responded in February 2017, rejecting most of the report's recommendations.
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Announcement: Plans for a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act

February 20, 2017
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Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work to bring forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act in February 2017. Work will be overseen by the Prime Minister's Office and coordinated by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.
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Ministry of Justice Consultation and Government Response – Transforming our Justice System

February 13, 2017
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The Ministry of Justice published a policy paper and launched a consultation on the future of the courts and tribunal service in September 2016. The Government responded in February 2017.
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DWP policy paper: ‘Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach’

February 7, 2017
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The Department for Work and Pensions published a policy paper, 'Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach', in February 2017, encouraging businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers and presenting the benefits of a fuller working life.
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MHT Report and Government Response – The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

January 9, 2017
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The Mental Health Taskforce produced The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in February 2016, making 58 recommendations to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health. The Government responded in January 2017.
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Government work, disability and health green paper and consultation

November 23, 2016
gov.uk

The Government published a green paper, 'Improving Lives', on work, disability and health in October 2016. The Government also launched an open consultation seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The consultation is open until 17 February 2017.
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Deighton Pierce Glynn briefing on how legislation protects women-only spaces and services

October 28, 2016

A briefing by Louise Whitfield, Deighton Pierce Glynn, was published in June 2016, entitled 'How legislation protects women-only spaces and services: an overview'.
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Letter from Joint Committee on Human Rights to Michael Fallon MP

October 15, 2016
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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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JCHR third report of 2016-17 session on legislative scrutiny

October 15, 2016
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The Joint Committee on Human Rights published their third report of the 2016-17 session in October 2016.
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Scottish Government Fairer Scotland Action Plan

October 15, 2016
The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government published its Fairer Scotland action plan in October 2016. It outlines 50 actions to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland.
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Government audit to tackle racial disparities in public service outcomes

August 31, 2016
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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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Gender pay gap reporting: section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 enforcement

August 31, 2016
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The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No.11) Order 2016 (SI 839/2016) brought section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 into force on 22 August 2016.
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Welsh Government consultation on Violence Against Women strategy

August 31, 2016
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The Welsh Government's consultation on a National Strategy on Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence closed on 10 October 2016.
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ECHR factsheets on case law and pending cases

August 18, 2016

The European Court of Human Rights Press Team has produced a page on their website with factsheets by theme on case law and pending cases.
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Updates on the Modern Slavery Act and briefings

August 18, 2016
gov.uk

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. The Government produced a review of the Act in July 2016.
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Government hate crime action plan 2016

August 5, 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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New ministers for Justice and for Women and Equalities – July 2016

July 19, 2016
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Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister on 13 July 2016, a number of new ministers were appointed.
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Government campaign: ‘Disability Confident Britain’

July 19, 2016
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The national Disability Confident campaign aims to encourage employers to become more confident about employing disabled people.
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European Parliament adopts resolution to apply UN’s human rights recommendations

July 19, 2016

The European Parliament formally reacted to the UN’s recommendations from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and made a report in July 2016.
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Equality Commission NI recommendations on Programme for Government Framework

July 19, 2016
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The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland responded in July 2016 with recommendations for the Northern Ireland government on their Programme for Government Framework. Their full response is available along with a key point briefing.
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Women and Equalities Committee report on transgender equality and Government response

July 8, 2016
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There is still a long way to go to ensure equality for transgender people, despite welcome progress, according to a parliamentary report published in January 2016. The Government responded and announced new measures in July 2016.
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UN review of UK implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

July 8, 2016
United Nations General Assembly

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) reviewed the UK’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in May 2016 and published their report. UN CRC raised concerns and made recommendations on a number of children’s rights issues.
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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) – UK examination and submissions and UN review

July 8, 2016

In June 2016, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will examine the UK’s State report, on the basis of the list of issues decided upon in October 2015.
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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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European Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech

June 9, 2016

On 31 May 2016, the European Commission together with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube unveiled a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.
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Scottish Government commitment to Equality Act socio-economic duty

June 9, 2016
The Scottish Government

In May 2016, Scotland's First Minister gave a speech outlining the Scottish Government's programme for the next five years, including a commitment to enforce the socio-economic duty in the Equality Act 2010.
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The Queen’s Speech – May 2016

May 23, 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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Programme for Government: recommendations by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

May 23, 2016
Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

In May 2016, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland set out its recommendations in relation to the next Programme for Government (PfG) and Budget of the Northern Ireland Executive.
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