Articles and speeches

This section contains information about speeches and articles given or written by Commissioners or Commission staff.

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Simon Woolley to speak at the UN

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.'
Simon Woolley

Universal Periodic Review coming up in May!

The Commission is committed to participating in this national dialogue on human rights. Read more about our recent activities on UPR.

Statement on the UK chairmanship of the Council of Europe

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

Other articles

  • Article: Human rights and Britain's colonial past
    Read a comment piece from Trevor Phillips reflecting on the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya and the need for universal human rights, published in The Times 18/4/2011
  • Use of Mosquitos
    We have written to the government to advise that, in our view, the indiscriminate use of these teenager-dispersal devices is not lawful, and they affect all children and young people equally, not only those who may be intent on causing trouble.  
  • Austerity
    Speech by Neil Crowther, former Human Rights Programme Director, entitled 'Is austerity compatible with the UK's human rights obligations and what tools of analysis are required to find out?'
  • United stand taken at UN Human Rights Council against violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity
    At the UN Human Rights Council 16th Session in March 2011, the Commission co-ordinated a joint National Human Rights Institution statement on ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Detention without trial
    Comment piece by John Wadhan, Group Director, Legal, on why the 28-day detention without trial of suspected terorrists must not be renewed.
  • Deportation and Human Rights
    Comment piece by Chair Trevor Phillips and Commissioner Geraldine van Bueren on the dangers of diluting the Human Rights Act.
  • Putting human rights into practice
    Between October 2009 and January 2010, the Commission, in partnership with the Guardian, hosted a series of roundtables with leaders in the public and voluntary sectors to explore what human rights could look like in practice.

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