On 17 December 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) legal action against the British National Party (BNP) concluded with a judgment in the High Court.
In March the County Court ruled that the BNP’s constitution was racially discriminatory. The BNP Chairman, Nick Griffin failed to properly implement that judgment until EHRC took proceedings in the High Court. The BNP sought to have the County Court order overturned in the High Court but withdrew their application before the hearing and carried out the actions required by the order and revised their constitution. However, the BNP’s revised constitution had additional conditions for membership. The EHRC submitted that the revised constitution failed to comply with the order because these conditions were discriminatory and limited rights of certain members, such as the right to vote or attend meetings. In the high court on 17 December, the High Court did not rule in favour of EHRC on one technical point relating to home visits to BNP members by party officials. However, the BNP conceded 95% of EHRC’s case and made the required changes. EHRC will continue to monitor any changes to the BNP constitution to ensure membership is made genuinely accessible. If EHRC considers that it is not, it will take a view on whether further regulatory action is necessary.
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On 6 January 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum responded to ‘Supporting a Stronger Civil Society. An Office for Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations’.
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On 15 December 2010, the Migrants’ Rights Network published ‘Hope costs nothing: lives of undocumented migrants in the UK’.
The report ‘aims to give a voice to undocumented migrants in hope to alter the perceptions held by policy-makers, media, and the host community.
Above all the first-hand accounts of migration and clandestine life aim to reinforce the message that people without legal status have the same human individuality and dignity as the rest of us’.
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In 2010, brap published ‘Why bother with human rights?’ which is an easy-to-read guide for civil society organisations looking to embed human rights principles into service delivery.
The guide outlines:
- the importance of using human rights to achieve organisations’ aims
- the role civil society organisations have in promoting equality in society
- effective ways civil society organisations can improve the service they offer to a wide range of people
- how civil society organisations can future proof themselves against changes to equalities legislation
- how human rights and equality can be used to improve organisations’ reputation with funders
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On 15 December 2010, the Government published its three years on progress report in response to the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism. The response provides a three-year update based on the five themes in the original inquiry report from September 2006. It covers antisemitic incidents, discourse, sources of contemporary antisemitism, antisemitism on campus and addressing antisemitism.
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