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The Equality and Human Rights Commission: a new point of departure in the battle against discrimination and disadvantage

Vizard Polly

in Towards a more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0015
The Equality and Human Rights Commission: a new point of departure in the battle against discrimination and disadvantage

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This chapter discusses equalities and human rights reform since 1997, arguing that recent legislation and the Equality and Human Rights Commission may herald a new era in the battle against persistent horizontal inequalities across gender, ethnic background, disability, and sexuality. It evaluates the reform programme against two benchmarks: Labour's 1997-election-manifesto commitments to ‘end unfair discrimination wherever it exists’ and to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic law; and more far-reaching reform models that view equality and human-rights standards as elements of a broader social-justice agenda.

Keywords: human rights; ECHR; domestic law; social justice

Chapter.  10243 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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