René Cassin have published a May 2017 briefing on human rights issues for our next Government (pdf). It includes five questions for local candidates to assess their commitment to human rights and social justice.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, and Department for International Trade have launched an April 2017 consultation on the legal framework for imposing sanctions, post-Brexit. Submissions should be made by 23 June 2017. Continue reading “Public consultation and white paper: the UK’s Legal Framework for Imposing and Implementing Sanctions post-Brexit”
The Human Trafficking Foundation have launched an inquiry into modern slavery and human trafficking – and more specifically, unaccompanied and separated minors in Europe. Submissions must be made by 25 May 2017.
Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from 2014. Rising migrant numbers have been accompanied by increased anti-migrant feelings and a significant anti-EU sentiment.
Launched in May 2017, ENAR’s shadow report (pdf) focuses on racism and discrimination against migrants in Europe in 2015-2016. Continue reading “ENAR shadow report: Racism and Discrimination in the Context of Migration in Europe”
There has been a six-fold increase in the total number of child asylum applicants in the EU in the last six years. The European Commission published policy guidance on the protection of children in migration (pdf) in April 2017. Continue reading “European Commission policy guidance: the Protection of Children in Migration”
In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all) were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations. The UK strongly advocated for the inclusion of SDG 5; a commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Continue reading “Women and Equalities Committee report: Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK”
The House of Commons Library published a report on the starting points of British and EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process (Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU member the right to withdraw from the EU, and outlines the procedure for doing so) in March 2017.
The report included the following themes:
- British aims for Brexit
- EU guidelines
- Areas of agreement and potential disagreement
- The UK, Spain and Gibraltar: could Spain block agreement?
Download the full report.
Migrant Voice published a report on the impact of Europe’s Dublin regulation in March 2017. The report concluded that the Dublin Regulation does not provide an appropriate framework for the dispersal of asylum seeker applications within the European Union, and made recommendations for improvement.
- an immediate suspension of all Dublin transfers;
- increased monitoring and reporting;
- a commitment to transparency;
- granting due weight to connections;
- a broader definition of familial connection; and
- the creation of a Single European Asylum Application.
The Runnymede Trust published a report on race and class in post-Brexit Britain in March 2017.
The report was designed to better analyse and understand how race and class interact – notably by interrogating the persistence and extent of intergenerational inequalities on the grounds of race and class, and examining how those inequalities are then unjustly supported by racist and classist attitudes and behaviours.
The TUC published an analysis of maternity pay in March 2017. Based on research from the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, the TUC found that British mothers get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The UK is in the relegation zone when it comes to decently-paid maternity leave. Many Europeans countries offer decent support to new mums. But lots of parents here are forced back to work early to pay the bills. My advice to all new mums is to join a union. It is the best way to improve your pay and conditions.”
Director of Maternity Action Ros Bragg said:
“Without adequate maternity pay, women’s choices are limited and many cannot afford to take their leave entitlements. We should be investing in support for pregnant women and new families.”