Young black men more likely to be prosecuted over dispersal orders – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2018 in dispersal orders, minorities, news, statistics, young persons by tracey

‘Young black men in London are disproportionately more likely to be prosecuted for breaking public dispersal orders available to police as part of a range of measures to crack down on antisocial behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2018

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Here Are The Most Inspiring Black Human Rights Heroes in the UK Today – Rights Info

Posted June 4th, 2018 in human rights, minorities, news by sally

‘Human rights are for all of us, but sometimes we need to stand up for them, or even just be proud advocates.’

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Rights Info, 1st June 2018

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Bar Council finds mixed picture of success for BME graduates getting BPTC places and pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in barristers, minorities, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The link between ethnicity and success on the Bar professional training course and in attaining pupillage is more nuanced than the big gap between white and non-white candidates presented by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Bar Council has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd April 2018

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Voter identity checks may discriminate against ethnic minority communities, watchdog says – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2018 in elections, identity fraud, minorities, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Plans to force voters to show photo identification at polling stations may discriminate against people from ethnic minority communities, the equality watchdog has reportedly warned. The new rules – being trialled to prevent voter fraud – would also hit the young and old, those with disabilities and transgender people, the Equality and Human Rights Commission claims in a leaked letter to Cabinet Office minister David Lidington.’

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The Independent, 22nd April 2018

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Missed opportunities over Lammy Review: Bar Council responds on judicial diversity – The Bar Council

Posted December 20th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, minorities, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Whilst encouraged by the Government’s response to many of the recommendations in the Lammy Review, the Bar Council today expressed disappointment that key opportunities to address diversity in the judiciary have been missed.’

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The Bar Council, 19th December 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Lammy review: MoJ rejects judicial diversity targets, cautious on choice of duty solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, legal representation, minorities, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has rejected the idea of diversity targets for the judiciary and magistracy in its response to the Lammy review of the treatment of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the criminal justice system.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

SRA: Men six times more likely to be partners than BAME women – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2017 in diversity, minorities, news, partnerships, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘White male solicitors are almost six times more likely to become a partner than women from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background, research commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2017

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Lammy review: final report – Official Publications

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bias, criminal justice, minorities, prosecutions, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.’

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Official Publications, 8th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

Exposed: ‘racial bias’ in British criminal justice system – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bias, criminal justice, minorities, news, prosecutions, race discrimination, reports by tracey

‘Prosecutions against some black and minority-ethnic suspects should be deferred or dropped to help tackle the criminal justice system’s bias against them, according to a highly critical report written by the Labour MP David Lammy at the request of the prime minister.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2017

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Greater consideration of young BAME offenders ahead of sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 10th, 2017 in minorities, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘Judges will be required to give greater consideration to the welfare of black and minority ethnic (BAME) children being sentenced as part of new guidance that echoes the lord chancellor’s desire to cut reoffending rates.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

QC body to probe why more women are not applying – Legal Futures

Posted January 13th, 2017 in minorities, news, queen's counsel, statistics, women by tracey

‘The body that appoints QCs has commissioned research to uncover barriers which deter women from applying, after they made up 27.6% of the latest batch of silks – but this was the highest proportion ever.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

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Police satisfied with stop and search reform despite racial inequality – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2016 in minorities, news, police, stop and search by sally

‘Police believe they have done enough to avert the government’s threat to pass new laws outlawing the abuse of stop and search powers, despite new figures showing that black people are six times more likely to be targeted by officers than white people.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Why do UK media fail to cover the deaths of black people in custody? – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2016 in death in custody, media, minorities, news by sally

‘A journalist argues that, unlike in the US, such deaths do not generate a national conversation because mainstream media platforms marginalise diverse voices.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2016

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Stop and search controversy continues – the Round-up – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in crime prevention, human rights, minorities, news, stop and search by tracey

‘According to research released by the Home Office, large increases in stop and search operations have no discernible effect on crime reduction. The official study examined crime rates across 10 London boroughs in the first year of Operation Blunt 2, which led to a surge in the number of searches from 34,154 in the year before to 123,335 in 2008/2009.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd March 2016

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Britain’s Supreme Court says targeting young black men for stop-and-search ‘benefits them’ – The Independent

‘The Supreme Court has been accused of using “stereotypes” to justify the “targeting of young black men” after five judges gave their strong backing to the police’s random stop and search powers.’

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The Independent, 17th December 2015

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Joint enterprise law criminalises young, black men. It urgently needs reform – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in criminal justice, joint enterprise, minorities, news, young persons by sally

‘The supreme court is next month to consider radically reforming the law of joint enterprise, after claims that it drags innocent people into the criminal justice system and excessively punishes those on the periphery of violent crime.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2015

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No convictions over 500 black and Asian deaths in custody – The Guardian

‘More than 500 black and ethnic minority individuals have died in suspicious circumstances while in state detention over the past 24 years, but not a single official has been successfully prosecuted, a report examining institutional racism has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2015

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Forced marriage a problem for all religious minority communities in Britain – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2014 in forced marriages, minorities, news by sally

‘Forced marriage is not confined to Britain’s Muslim communities but exists among all minority groups, the head of a commission into the issue has said.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2014

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Cornish to be given ‘national minority’ status – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 24th, 2014 in equality, human rights, minorities, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announces the Cornish will be given same status as people from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Solicitors Regulation Authority ‘not racist’ but black solicitors treated harshly – The Independent

‘The body that investigates solicitors has been cleared of institutional racism despite an independent inquiry concluding that it disproportionately pursues black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers for alleged wrongdoing.’

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The Independent, 14th March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk