Independent Living Fund closure ruled lawful – BBC News

‘A government decision to close a fund that helps disabled people to live and work in the community has been ruled lawful by the High Court.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Disabled man forced off bus by refusal to move pram sparks equality test case – The Guardian

‘A woman’s refusal to move a pushchair with a sleeping baby from a bay on a bus used by wheelchair passengers – causing a disabled man to have to leave the vehicle – is at the centre of a test-case legal battle in the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 11th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Watchdog investigates Met police over handling of discrimination complaints – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard is being investigated by a human rights watchdog for deleting references to discrimination from internal reports to avoid problems at tribunals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2014

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Regina (Detention Action) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Detention Action) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening); [2014] EWHC 2245 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 310

‘The Detained Fast Track policy, operated by the Secretary of State, for the detention of some asylum seekers while their asylum claims were being determined was not unlawful in its terms.’

WLR Daily, 9th July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Government response and progress update to Equality and Human Rights Commission report ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ – Home Office

“In July 2012, the government published its response to the EHRC recommendations from its inquiry into disability related harassment. Our response set out our commitment to tackle disability related harassment and how we planned to take forward work to address the issues identified, including through ‘Challenge it, Report it, Stop it’, the government’s plan to tackle hate crime. This update provides an overview of the government’s specific achievements to address hate crime and disability-related harassment to date. Over the last year we have made significant progress in a number of areas to identify gaps and improve our response to disability equality, change negative attitudes and provide support for disabled people and disabled people’s organisations.”

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Home Office, 14th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Home Office may have broken the law in ‘racist’ spot checks on suspected illegal immigrants – and may have questioned domestic violence victims – The Independent

“The Home Office is facing an investigation into whether its officials broke the law by carrying out ‘racist’ spot checks to find illegal immigrants, as it emerged that domestic violence victims may also have been questioned about their right to be in Britain.”

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The Independent, 3rd August 2013

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Commission helps disabled man win compensation for discrimination – Equality and Human Rights Commission

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has helped a disabled man win £1,500 pounds in an out of court settlement after he was refused access to a nightclub and then taunted by staff.”

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Equality and Human Rights Commission, 6th February 2013

Source: www.equalityhumanrights.com

Harriet Harman’s public sector equality laws to be scrapped – Daily Telegraph

“Anti-race and sex discrimination laws brought in under Labour are set to be scrapped because the ‘unnecessary’ rules are damaging businesses, Theresa May has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Commission publishes formal assessment of government’s 2010 spending review – Equality and Human Rights Commission

Posted May 15th, 2012 in Equality and Human Rights Commission, news, reports by sally

“The Commission today [14 May] publishes its equality assessment of the government’s 2010 Spending Review.”

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Equality and Human Rights Commission, 14th May 2012

Source: www.equalityhumanrights.com

Public Sector Equality Duty: The Latest Guidance from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission – 11 KBW

Public Sector Equality Duty: The Latest Guidance fromthe Equalities and Human Rights Commission (PDF)

11 KBW, 28th March 2012

Source: www.11kbw.com

Human rights watchdog intervenes in ‘do not resuscitate’ case – The Guardian

“The UK’s human rights watchdog is intervening in a landmark case over the use of ‘do not resuscitate’ orders for NHS patients.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2012

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Christians ‘aren’t above the law’, says equalities chief Trevor Phillips – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 17th, 2012 in adoption, Christianity, Equality and Human Rights Commission, news by sally

“Christians who want to be exempt from equality legislation are like Muslims trying to impose sharia on Britain, Trevor Phillips, the human rights watchdog, has declared.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2012

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Torture row: Handing over prisoners ‘appropriate and lawful’ – government – The Guardian

“British intelligence officers who question prisoners at risk of torture while in the hands of foreign governments are committing no offence, lawyers for the government have argued at the high court.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2011

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British intelligence guidance ‘exposes detainees to torture’ – The Guardian

“A battle over the legality of instructions issued to British intelligence officers attempting to obtain information from prisoners held by countries with poor human rights records has opened in the high court.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Major reforms to Equality and Human Rights Commission – Home Office

Posted March 23rd, 2011 in consultations, Equality and Human Rights Commission, news by sally

“Consultation launches to make the organisation a stronger, focused and more efficient, Theresa May said today.”

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Home Office, 21st March 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk