Creating a fairer Britain
This section contains information about speeches and articles given or written by Commissioners or Commission staff.
On behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Commissioner Simon Woolley, who champions race, has been invited by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right's Anti Discrimination Unit to speak at the 11th Session on the Working Group on people of African Descent. The Working Group has found that people of African descent experience discrimination relating to their representation in, and treatment by, the administration of justice, and face considerable hurdles in accessing health, housing, education and political participation. The Group also particularly emphasised the need for further collection of data disaggregated on the basis of ethnicity to identify and address Afro-descendants’ human rights issues.
'It is always a great honour to speak at the UN, but particularly so in an area that I care so much about. My brief time on the floor of the UN will no doubt look at the challenges the UK’s African diaspora face around issues such as policing, unemployment and education. But I’m sure that our brothers and sisters from around the globe will also be keen to hear about our strengths as a community and the work the Commission and other bodies are doing to ensure tackling race inequality remains high on the agenda. These events are equally an opportunity to broaden links with the global African diaspora.'
The Commission is committed to participating in this national dialogue on human rights. Read more about our recent activities on UPR.
On 7 November 2011, the United Kingdom began its 6 month chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, where it will be prioritising the reform of the European Court of Human Rights. Read more