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  • Last updated: 30 Oct 2017

    A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

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    First Published: 01 Jan 2011

    This is a a code of practice that covers discrimination in services and public functions as set out in Part 3 of the Act and discrimination by associations.

  • Last updated: 03 May 2016

    The United Nations first accredited the Commission as an ‘A’ status National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in 2009. We became Great Britain’s first accredited NHRI and the UK’s second - joining the Northern Ireland Human Rights Institution which was awarded ‘A’ status in 2006. The UN r...

  • Last updated: 16 May 2016

    The Commission chairs the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions' working group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • Last updated: 16 May 2016

    This is where you can read about the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions' (ENNHRI) Legal Working Group.

  • Last updated: 04 May 2016

    The Commission has a range of human rights legal powers available to it, including judicial review, interventions and inquiries.

  • Last updated: 27 Mar 2016

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission uses its legal powers to protect people’s human rights and uphold the values of fairness, dignity and respect. Read more about some of the important cases we have been involved in.

  • Last updated: 21 Feb 2018

    One of the Commission’s core tasks as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) is to monitor the UK’s compliance with the seven United Nations (UN) human rights treaties it has signed and ratified.

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    Last updated: 11 Dec 2017

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is an international human rights treaty adopted by the UN in 1966. It is one of the two treaties that give legal force to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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    Last updated: 19 Mar 2018

    The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is one of the most important UN human rights treaties, covering the right to work, adequate food, health and education.

  • Human Rights

    Last updated: 07 Sep 2017

    This treaty covers the rights of all people to enjoy civil, political, economic and social rights, without discrimination on grounds of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

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    Last updated: 18 Apr 2018

    This international treaty sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all children. It protects the rights of children in all areas of their life including privacy, health and education.

  • Last updated: 22 Jan 2018

    The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process set up by the UN Human Rights Council in 2006 to review the human rights situation in every UN Member State. Each state is assessed every five years.

  • Last updated: 05 May 2016

    The Commission launched its Human Rights Inquiry to find out how human rights work in Britain. This was the most comprehensive research undertaken in the 10 years since the Human Rights Act became law.

  • Last updated: 26 May 2016

    This is a timeline following the progress of the inquiry.

  • Last updated: 26 May 2016

    The Inquiry gathered a broad and authoritative evidence base from a wide range of individuals and organisations across England and Wales. We obtained a rounded picture of the supply chain: from the agency staff working on production lines, the work agencies that supply them, the processing firms at...

  • Last updated: 26 May 2016

    To inquire into the employment and recruitment practices in the meat and poultry processing sector in England and Wales in respect of atypical workers, and to determine their prevalence among different racial groups. To identify the terms, conditions and working arrangements of workers in these s...

  • Last updated: 12 May 2016

    Between 2008 and 2010, the Commission found widespread evidence of mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing industry. They also found examples of good practice but unfortunately those got less media attention. The Commission found that many agen...

  • Last updated: 26 May 2016

    This document is an agreement between retailers, meat processing companies, poultry processing companies, and labour provider representatives (hereafter collectively called ‘the sector’). The guidance contained here is that which the sector considers to represent good practice in meeting and exc...

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