Following criticisms and misrepresentations of the Human Rights Act in the press and by politicians, in June 2006 the Equality and Diversity Forum produced a summary of some recent cases demonstrating the value of human rights and the Human Rights Act.
The cases for Human Rights and the Human Rights Act were provided by EDF member and observer organisations.
The Equalities Review Interim Report for consultation was published in March 2006. The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) made a collective response to the consultation.
Click here for EDF response
The Equality and Diversity Forum held a seminar on 8 May 2006 discussing the Commission for Equality and Human Rights’ duty to promote ‘good relations’ between members of different groups across society.
The seminar considered the meaning of ‘good’ relations, the causes of ‘poor’ relations and the role of the new Commission, Government and others in this area. The event was attended by representatives of equality and human rights organisations as well as by officials from the Government departments responsible for policy in this area.
Click here for seminar note
This discussion paper was brought together by Patrick Grattan, EDF Secretary, on the basis of input from many people, including EDF Chair Sarah Spencer and participants in the EDF.
It builds on work by Professor Gill Valentine, University of Leeds, for the EDF in Spring 2005.
The CEHR’s Duty to Promote Good Relations
The CEHR’s Duty to Promote Good Relations (Annex)
This seminar considered whether the framing of the existing equality duties and arrangements for implementation are optimal for delivering equality outcomes, and the implications of replacing the existing duties with a single positive duty to promote equality covering age, religion and belief and sexual orientation in addition to the existing grounds.
Speakers at the seminar were Sarah Spencer, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum, and Professor Sandra Fredman from Oxford University.
The EDF would like to thank the Practical Law Company for hosting the seminar.
Click here for seminar discussion note
Click here for presentation by Sarah Spencer and Sandra Fredman
Click here for final version of paper submitted to the Cabinet Office Equality Review and to the Discrimination Law Review in June 2006