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Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality and Human Rights Commission. Overview of the Morning. EHRC – What we do Human Rights Inquiry Making sense of Human Rights Table sessions. EHRC – a snapshot. Great Britain’s first National Human Rights Institution with UN ‘A’ status Our remit:

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Equality and Human Rights Commission

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  1. Equality and Human Rights Commission

  2. Overview of the Morning • EHRC – What we do • Human Rights Inquiry • Making sense of Human Rights • Table sessions

  3. EHRC – a snapshot • Great Britain’s first National Human Rights Institution with UN ‘A’ status • Our remit: • Encourage good practice in relation to human rights • Promote awareness, understanding & protection of human rights • Monitor the effectiveness of laws relating to human rights and compliance with equality laws 3

  4. Nine teams for nine regions

  5. Human rights – the values Fairness Respect Equality Dignity Autonomy Equality is central to Human Rights, but not the whole story....

  6. Human Rights – the history • Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948: first formal statement in modern era • Think of the roots of this: limiting state control over inhabitants • European Convention on Human Rights, 1950: making rights binding • People can now call on and use rights in the courts • Human Rights Act, 1998 • Bringing rights home

  7. Human rights – the law Human Rights Act 1998 • Almost identical to ECHR • Can be used in courts in UK – don’t have to go Strasbourg • Legislation must be interpreted with the HRA in mind • Articles are absolute, limited or qualified

  8. Absolute v non-absolute • Absolute rights – can never be interfered with • Limited – can be engaged in certain circumstances • Qualified – can be balanced for the public good

  9. Human Rights Act 1998 Part I: The Convention • Article 2: Right to life • Article 3: Prohibition of torture (inhuman or degrading treatment) • Article 4: Prohibition of slavery and forced labour • Article 5: Right to liberty and security • Article 6: Right to a fair trial • Article 7: No punishment without law • Article 8: Right to respect for private and family life • Article 9: Freedom of thought, conscience and religion • Article 10: Freedom of expression • Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association • Article 12: Right to marry • Article 14: Prohibition of discrimination • Part II, First Protocol • Article 1: Protection of property • Article 2: Right to education • Article 3: Right to free elections

  10. What does the Human Rights Act mean for Public Authorities • It makes it unlawful for public authorities to act in a way that is incompatible with a convention right • Anyone who feels that a public authority has acted incompatibly with their Convention rights can raise this before an appropriate UK court or tribunal

  11. Taking Legal Action • Only the ‘victim’ can take a case • Action can only be taken against a public authority • Time limit is usually 12 months but depends on the type of proceeding used

  12. Our human rights work so far • Policy: Effective opposition to Government’s attempts to increase the maximum period of detention without charge for terror suspects to 42 days • Used threat of legal action • Cases: • R (RJM) v Department for Work and Pensions • Enforcement: 300 matters considered for enforcement action in our first 18 months. • 80% of matters dealt with without need for formal enforcement proceedings

  13. Human Rights Inquiry • Purpose of the Inquiry • Assess the state of human rights • Consider a culture of human rights & its benefits to individuals • Focus on human rights approach in public service delivery • Define a Human Rights Approach 13

  14. Findings: Barriers to embedding a Human Rights Approach Negative and sensationalist media coverage Lack of understanding and mainstreaming in policies and practices Lack of political leadership 14

  15. Best practice • Health and social care • Local authority services • Education • Criminal justice • NGOs and voluntary organisations 15

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