EHRC work on the Convention for the Rights of Disabled People

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In August 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a briefing document on the activities it is carrying out  across Britain to fulfil its role as one of the designated independent bodies which promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention in the UK.

The United Nations Convention for the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRPD) is an international human rights agreement to protect and promote the human rights of disabled people throughout the world. The UK Government ratified the Convention in June 2009. This means that the UK Government (including the devolved Governments) must take concrete action to comply with the legal rights and obligations contained in the Convention.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission together with the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland are the four designated independent bodies to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the Convention in the UK. Collectively, the Commissions are the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) for the Convention.

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EHRC practical guidance on human rights

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In August 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched a new online resource about human rights to help public sector bodies in England and Wales and organisations carrying out public functions and advocacy.

The collections contains short, accessible summaries of a range of guidance documents, highlighting their key human rights messages and other essential information

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ENAR factsheet on multiple discrimination

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In July 2011, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) published ‘The legal implications of multiple discrimination’ by Gay Moon, Equality Fellow, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

This fact sheet aims to set out what is meant by multiple discrimination; what the UN and the European Union have to say about it; how different European Member States have introduced it into their legislation; how Europe could introduce pan-European provisions and how the concept of multiple discrimination has influenced policy responses in civil society.

This factsheet, as a follow-up to ENAR’s first factsheet on multiple discrimination (Factsheet 33), aims to explain multiple discrimination with a view to enhancing the capacity of ENAR members to develop mechanisms to address, in their work, the intersection between racism and other forms of discrimination.

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TAEN Workforce Assessment Tool


TAEN (The Age and Employment Network) has collaborated with the AARP, the largest US membership organisation for people aged 50+, to produce a UK version of their Workforce Assessment Tool.

The online tool can help employers assess their current and future workforce needs and enables HR managers to:

  • assess how retiring workers will affect their organisation
  • address skill shortage challenges due to staff attrition
  • create a work environment that attracts qualified workers of all ages
  • manage a multi-generational workforce
  • build an employer brand that attracts and retains top talent.

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The Human Rights Act, phone hacking and the media

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A briefing by the LSE’s Human Rights Futures Project explores the role of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights in phone hacking convictions.

Interception of mobile phones and voicemail is regulated by law under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), passed in 2000. That Act was introduced in direct response to both the 1998 Human Rights Act and a European Court of Human Rights case in 1997. RIPA has been used to convict a News of the World private investigator for voicemail hacking in 2005-6.

In June 2011, the Human Rights Futures Project at the LSE also published a briefing on ‘Human Rights Act Reporting in the Media: corrections and clarifications’.

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Click here for ‘Human Rights Act Reporting in the Media: corrections and clarifications’