EHRC guide to the UN Disability Convention

In July 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. What does it mean for you?’

The guide will help disabled people to know what their rights are and how to use them. It will help people to challenge injustices and improve services for themselves and others and will help organisations understand what their responsibilities are.

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European Violence Against Women lobbying kit

In May 2009, the European Women’s Lobby Centre on Violence against Women published a lobbying kit ‘Towards a Strong Convention on all Forms of Male Violence against Women’.

The Council of Europe is preparing a Convention on ‘preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence’. This lobbying kit provides targeted information and tools designed to help the European Women’s Lobby, its members, supporters and NGO partners take action and work together towards a comprehensive, strong and effective Convention on all forms of male violence against women.

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Report: ‘CEDAW in the UK’

‘CEDAW in the UK’ by Sandra Fredman, Professor of Law at Oxford University, outlines the legal status and application of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in the UK.

The report was published in 2010.

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EHRC receives UN accreditation

In February 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission received formal notification of accreditation from the United Nations (UN) as a National Human Rights Institute (NHRI).

This means that the Commission joins a growing group of human rights institutions across the globe tasked with monitoring and promoting human rights. NHRI status gives the Commission the opportunity to contribute to international law, policy, debate and understanding about human rights. The Commission can now participate fully in the Human Rights Council of the UN and will be able to make both written and oral interventions.

UN report on children’s rights in the UK

On 3 October 2008, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its report on the UK’s record in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report makes more than 120 recommendations, including recommendations covering the imprisonment of children and age of criminal responsibility, the rights of disabled children, the treatment of young asylum seekers and corporal punishment in schools.

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England called for ‘the Government to take immediate action to remedy breaches in the Convention on the Rights of the Child’.

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Click here for link to the Children’s Rights Alliance for England website

Click here for link to Guardian report on 4 October 2008