• Commission 'disappointed' at Supreme Court decision in Jason Smith Human Rights case

    30 June 2010

    The Supreme Court today confirmed that the Ministry of Defence must hold a proper inquest into the death of one of its personnel who died seven years ago from heat exhaustion in Iraq.  

  • Commission welcomes court’s decision on local authority power

    24 June 2010

    In a judgment delivered today, the High Court reminded local authorities of the extent of their powers in relation to incapacitated children and adults.

  • Young Brits at Art Awards Winners announced

    23 June 2010

    Eleven talented young artists were announced as winners of the Young Brits at Art awards 2010 at a ceremony in London’s Southbank Centre today. The winners are now set to have their artwork exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, one of the most celebrated art venues in the country.

  • Court issues a reprieve to residents of Wards Corner

    22 June 2010

    The Court of Appeal today revoked planning permission for Wards Corner and reminded local councils of their duty to consciously consider the impact of proposed large-scale building redevelopment on different racial groups.

  • Freedom and unity defines a world without prejudice say Britain's youth

    16 June 2010

    The final 100 shortlist in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Young Brits at Art awards paints a telling picture of what young people think ‘a world without prejudice’ would look like. Unity, freedom and body image dominate the shortlisted artworks of the 11 to 17 year olds.

  • Equal Pay Tribunal win for Skills Development Scotland Workers

    15 June 2010

    On 40th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act Tribunal finds in favour of women paid £10,000 less a year. Two female Skills Development Scotland (SDS) employees have won their equal pay Employment Tribunal case.  The case was supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

  • Commission calls in evidence on disability-related harassment in Britain

    14 June 2010

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission is investigating whether public bodies and public transport providers are fulfilling their legal obligations to prevent disabled people from being harassed. Councils, police forces, schools and other public bodies as well as bus, train companies and other public transport providers found to be failing in their duties could face enforcement action.

  • Commission marks first anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    08 June 2010

    On the first anniversary of Britain’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the government’s commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of disabled people and called on it to take the particular needs of disabled people into account in its future financial planning.

  • Victory for pregnant women in the armed forces

    03 June 2010

    Pregnant women in the armed forces will be given greater protection from discrimination after a ruling by the Employment Tribunal.

  • Commission writes to police forces over use of stop and search

    03 June 2010

    The Commission confirmed today that it has written to five police forces requesting more information about their use of stop and search powers. The Commission’s action follows its Stop and Think report, published on 15 March 2010, which concluded that a number of forces were using the stop and search tactic in a way that is disproportionate and possibly discriminatory.