Report on hate crimes in the OSCE region


In November 2011, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published  the 2010 edition of ‘Hate Crimes in the OSCE Region – Incidents and Responses’.

The report shows that hate crime remains a significant problem across the OSCE region, undermining personal, neighbourhood and state security, and eroding confidence across and among communities. People were killed, injured or otherwise harmed when they were targeted in 2010 for no other reason than being perceived as belonging to a specific ethnic, ‘racial’, religious or other group. Combating hate crime must, therefore, remain a priority.

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ECU report on disability equality in higher education

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In November 2011, Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) published ‘Meeting the Equality Act 2010: learning from disability equality schemes in higher education in England.

The report is based on research into how higher education institutions in England had been using their disability equality schemes as vehicles for change, and to establish what more can be learned from approaches which successfully meet the duties within equality law.

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Independent audit of the Government’s Big Society

Civil Exchange

Civil Exchange is conducting an independent audit of the Government’s Big Society – the first comprehensive assessment of how far community empowerment, social action and the opening up public services is being achieved.

The Audit’s first report is expected to be published early in 2012 and will bring key data together to measure how far, in practice, a genuine transfer of power from government to civil society is taking place. Civil Exchange will be carrying out the Audit in collaboration with the independent research organisation, Democratic Audit, and the social policy communications agency, DHA.

The Big Society Audit is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Established in 2011, Civil Exchange is a think tank which aims to be:

  • A catalyst to help civil society and government work together in new ways.
  • A resource for research, policy development, capacity building, awareness-raising and exchange, which brings together existing expertise and knowledge.

It acts as a ‘link tank,’ working with other organisations and individuals to generate new ideas and soluti

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Paper: ‘Equality and Human Rights Commissions in the UK and Ireland’


‘Equality and Human Rights Commissions in the UK and Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities Compared’ by Colin Harvey and Sarah Spencer was published in November 2011.

The paper provides background information on the statutory human rights and equality bodies in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Britain, and analysis of the factors that impact on their operation.

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Report on ‘The Position of Scotland’s Equality Groups’

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‘The Position of Scotland’s Equality Groups: Revisiting Resilience in 2011’ was published in September 2011 by Scottish Government Social Research.

The study seeks to offer discussion and analysis to inform an understanding of how well positioned people in Scotland with equalities characteristics are to access the benefits of economic recovery.

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EHRC research on targeted harassment and violence

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On 31 October 2011, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘Public authority commitment and action to eliminate targeted harassment and violence’ (research report 74).

The research report provides the first attempt at a systematic investigation of what public authorities in Britain are doing to eliminate targeted harassment directed at people on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

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Action on Hearing Loss: research on hearing loss in the workplace

Action on Hearing Loss

In November 2011, Action on Hearing Loss published ‘Unlimited Potential?’, a research report looking at hearing loss in the workplace.

It looks at the experiences of 27 people who lost some or all of their hearing whilst of working age. What support did they receive from their work and from other sources? What support would they have liked to receive? The report also includes statistics from the charity’s 2010 annual survey of members, where 40% of respondents who lost their hearing whilst of working age said this made them feel less confident in their abilities.

The report suggests lots of solutions to improve the workplace experience for people with hearing loss.

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