EVAW: ‘From the outset. Why violence should be a priority for the CEHR’

In June 2007, the End Violence Against Women campaign published a report ‘From the Outset: Why violence should be a priority for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’.

The report suggests that there has been insufficient analysis of violence as an equality issue and that the impact of violence on individuals, communities and the State means that it is essential that the CEHR prioritises these issues.

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Purpose and Principles for a Single Equality Act

In 2007, the Disablity Rights Commission, The Equal Opportunities Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality agreed that a Single Equality Act would benefit greatly from a clause setting out its purpose and principles.

This short note is based on a longer paper by Colm O’Cinneide of University College London and on discussion with a range of stakeholders, distinguished lawyers and academics, as well as the collective expertise of the Commissions.

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Equalities Review Final Report Published

The Equalities Review published the Final Report of its investigation into the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society in February 2007. The review was chaired by Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

The Equality and Diversity Forum welcomes the fact that the Prime Minister commissioned this work and we hope that the Government will respond positively to its recommendations. The EDF endorses the need for active policies to enhance equality of opportunity and quality of daily life and well being. The evidence presented by the Equality Review demonstrates what a long way we are from that objective, in spite of the measures taken by Government and others to combat discrimination.

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Joint Committee on Human Rights: the case for the Human Rights Act

In November 2006. the Joint Committee on Human Rights published the results of an inquiry following public controversy aroused by three high-profile cases in May 2006, which led to Ministers, the Opposition and the media questioning whether the Human Rights Act 1998 should be amended or repealed.

The Committee’s report, ‘The Human Rights Act: the DCA and Home Office Reviews’ examines the reviews conducted by the Home Office and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. It concludes that none of the three cases which sparked controversy – the Afghani hijackers’ judgment. the Anthony Rice case and the failure to consider foreign prisoners for deportation – demonstrate a clear need to consider amending the Human Rights Act.

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DCA Review of the Human Rights Act

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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