In July 2006, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced the results of its Review of the Implementation of the Human Rights Act. Lord Falconer, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor confirmed that the Government remains committed to the European Convention on Human Rights and has no plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
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In March 2006, the International Lesbian and Gay Association issued the Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Report: Common Concerns, Local Issues.
The report shows how double discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation can have a significant impact on mental and physical well-being and prevent some women from seeking assistance from healthcare providers.
On 18 July 2006, the Equality and Diversity Forum held a reception for Baroness Ashton, Minister for Human Rights at the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
The event was an opportunity for equality and human rights stakeholders to hear about the Government’s plans for improving the delivery of human rights in the UK, and how this will be achieved through the work of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights. The reception was very well attended by representatives of a wide range of equality and human rights organisations, all of whom welcomed the opportunity to discuss the human rights agenda with the Minister.
EDF would like to thank Garden Court Barristers Chambers for providing the venue for the event and Courtenay Griffiths QC, Joint Head of Chambers, for welcoming guests.
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Following criticisms and misrepresentations of the Human Rights Act in the press and by politicians, in June 2006 the Equality and Diversity Forum produced a summary of some recent cases demonstrating the value of human rights and the Human Rights Act.
The cases for Human Rights and the Human Rights Act were provided by EDF member and observer organisations.
The Equalities Review Interim Report for consultation was published in March 2006. The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) made a collective response to the consultation.
Click here for EDF response