BIHR’s work on the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Background

The central recommendation to come out of BIHR's report Something for Everyone: The Impact of the Human Rights Act and the Need for a Human Rights Commission (see below) was that the Government should establish an independent body capable of effectively promoting and protecting human rights and should seize the opportunity presented by the development of a single equality body to create an equalities and human rights commission.

We therefore strongly supported the creation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which was established by the Equality Act 2005. BIHR believes that a Commission which uses its powers and duties to the full has huge potential to protect and promote vulnerable people's human rights in the UK. BIHR continues to work to ensure the EHRC realises this potential. This has included work on the EHRC's Human Rights Inquiry and responding to consultations about the EHRC's mission, strategic priorities, and strategy development to ensure human rights are mainstreamed throughout its work.

Our work on the creation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission includes:

Something for Everyone: the impact of the Human Rights Act on disadvantaged groups (December 2002)
Read the Executive Summary here
Read the Final Report here

BIHR's response to the Government's White Paper Fairness for All: A Commission for Equality and Human Rights (August 2004)

BIHR's Parliamentary Briefing on the Equality Bill 2005 (November 2005)

Read the full Hansard record of the House of Commons debate.

BIHR Briefing: The new Equality and Human Rights Commission: what will it do for our human rights? (May 2007)

Our work on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's mission, strategic priorities and development includes:

• BIHR submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's consultation on its Strategic Priorities for 2009 - 2012 (March 2009)
• BIHR response to EHRC's consultation on its grant programme (February 2009)

• BIHR response to Commission's draft vision and mission (May 2007)

Our work on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Human Rights Inquiry

Background

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched the Human Rights Inquiry in April 2008. The purpose of the inquiry was to:

• promote understanding of the importance of human rights encourage good practice in relation to human rights
• promote awareness, understanding and protection of human rights, and
• encourage public authorities to comply with the Human Rights Act.

The report of the ECHR inquiry provides a reliable set of findings about the state of human rights in Britain, and recommendations to move the human rights agenda forward.

Our work in this area:

• BIHR response to the launch of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Report of its Human Rights Inquiry (July 2009)
• BIHR response to the EHRC call for evidence (July 2008)
• In July 2008 BIHR also held a consultation event with frontline third sector organisations to gather evidence for the EHRC Inquiry. A report of the findings was produced and submitted to the EHRC.
• BIHR's response to the launch of the EHRC Human Rights Inquiry (March 2008)

See also:

• BIHR letter to the Guardian on the future of the EHRC
• BIHR comment on the Human Rights Inquiry Report in the Guardian (15 June 2009)
• BIHR features on new Guardian microsite, Human Rights and Wrongs (July 2009)

 

Published: October 1, 2009

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