EHRC report: ‘The UK and the European Court of Human Rights’

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‘The UK and the European Court of Human Rights’ by Alice Donald, Jane Gordon and Philip Leach, was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in April 2012.

The report sets out to debunk the myths about the European system of human rights protection and its impact on the UK. The report examines the impact of European Court of Human Rights judgments on the rights and freedoms of individuals in the UK. It also analyses highly-publicised criticisms of the Strasbourg Court, including those provoked by recent controversial judgments in cases involving the UK.

The research was released by the Commission at the Brighton Conference on the European Court of Human Rights held on 19 and 20 April 2012.

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Stonewall: ‘Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey’

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Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey’ was published in April 2012.

It reveals that even though Britain’s gay and bisexual men are more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm, have depression, smoke, drink and take illegal drugs, their needs are often overlooked by health services which tend to focus solely on gay men’s sexual health.

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British Humanist Association report on ‘organisation of “faith” schools in the maintained sector’

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In April 2012, the British Humanist Association published a ‘Freedom of Information report on organisation of “faith” schools in the maintained sector’.

The report finds that almost two-thirds of the state-maintained ‘faith’ schools to open in the last five years have done so outside of competition, whilst for schools without a religious character, the number is less than one in six. The British Humanist Association says that the findings reveal a biased system, in which religious organisations are uniquely privileged and local democracy is subverted.

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Progress report on Gypsy and Traveller inequality

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In April 2012, the Department for Communities and Local Government published a ‘Progress report by the ministerial working group on tackling inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers’.

Gypsies and Travellers experience, and are being held back by, some of the worst outcomes of any group across a wide range of social indicators. In November 2010, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government set up a ministerial working group to tackle these issues, bringing together ministers from seven Government departments.

This progress report includes 28 commitments from across Government that will help mainstream services work more effectively with the Gypsy and Traveller communities.

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Runnymede collection: ‘Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging’

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‘Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging’ was published by Runnymede in April 2012.

The publication, edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Philip Marfleet, is a collection of papers that were presented at conferences in 2010 and 2011 co-organized by the Runnymede Trust and CMRB – the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. The contributors address issues of migration, racism and religion.

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