APPG meeting on the UK’s progress on meeting the UPR recommendations – 3 February 2015

On 3 February 2015 the APPG on Equalities held a meeting in the House of Commons on the UK’s progress on meeting the recommendations laid out in the Universal Periodic Review.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries. The Ministry of Justice coordinates the UPR for the UK. The UK last underwent the UPR in 2012. In 2014, the UK submitted a mid-term report on the recommendations received at the conclusion of the UPR in 2012. To tie in with this the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published its Mid-Term Universal Periodic Review Report (UPR).

The meeting was chaired by Sandra Osborne MP with the following guest speakers.

  • The Lord Faulks QC, Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy within the Ministry of Justice, who provided an overview of the Government’s progress in meeting the UPR’s recommendations and of next steps in the UPR cycle.

  Click here for the presentation by Lord Faulks.

  • Sarah Veale CBE, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, briefed attendees on the EHRC’s independent assessment of the Government’s progress and of relevant recommendations going forward before the UK’s next review in 2017.

  Click here for the presentation by Sarah Veale CBE.

APPG meeting on Parliament’s role in the current review of ICESCR – 18 March 2014

On the 18 March 2014 the APPG on Equalities held a meeting in the House of Commons on Parliament’s role in the current review of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The UK has ratified, and is therefore legally bound by ICESCR. The Covenant guarantees the human rights to health, education, housing, food, social security and employment. Every five years, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reviews UK compliance with the Covenant, and issues a series of concluding observations and recommendations. The last UN review took place in 2009, and the next review is scheduled to take place over the next year, with the Government submitting the state report in June 2014.

The meeting was held in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Just Fair.

  • The Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) gave an overview to the 2014 UK Government’s report.
  • Sarah Veale CBE, Commissioner and Anna Henry (Equality and Human Rights Commission) gave an overview of the scope  and milestones of the current ICESCR review and the role of Parliamentarians in treaty monitoring and reporting.
  • Jonathan Butterworth (Just Fair) provided a case study on the realisation of the right to food in the UK.

 

 

All Party Parliamentary Group meeting on the Equality Duty Review – 19 March 2013

On the 19 March 2013 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Equalities together with the APPGs on Ageing and Older People, Disability, Poverty,  and Sex Equality held a meeting on the Government’s Review of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Participants heard presentations from Gay Moon (EDF’s Special Legal Adviser), Michael Keating (Independent Expert), Marc Verlot (Equality and Human Rights Commission) and Martyn Henderson (Government Equalities Office).

Click here for transcript from the meeting.

All Party Parliamentary Group meeting with Helen Grant, Minister for Equalities – 15 January 2013

On the 15 January 2013 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Equalities together with the APPGs on Sex Equality, Disability, and Race and Community held a meeting with Helen Grant MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities was held on 15 January 2013.

Helen Grant set out the Government’s equality priorities.

Click here for transcript from the meeting.

 

All Party Parliamentary Groups meeting on 10 May 2011

A joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Equalities, together with the APPG on Ageing and Older People, the APPG on Disability and the APPG on Race and Community was held on 10 May 2011.

The meeting considered Government plans to reform the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the implication of changes to the public sector Equality Duty, and the implications for equality of the regulatory review announced in the Budget.

Click here for note of meeting

APPG Equalities meeting on the equality implications of current legislative programme

On 26 January 2010, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities held a meeting to discuss the equality implications of current legislative programme.

Presentations were given on the implications of: the fuel poverty provisions of the Energy Bill; the Financial Services Bill; and the Care and Support Green Paper.

Click here for note of meeting

Click here for presentation by Katherine Wilson, Employers for Carers

APPG Equalities meeting on the continuing impact of the recession

On 15 July 2009, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities held a meeting to discuss the continuing impact of the recession.

Participants heard presentations from Andrea Murray (Acting Group Director of Strategy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission), Kayte Lawton (Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research) and Patrick Grattan (Secretary of the Equality and Diversity Forum).

Click here for notes of meeting