25th October 2007
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has just started its work in Britain. Its goal is to be an 'independent influential champion whose purpose is to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people and protect human rights.' Its remit reaches the whole community, seeking to secure equality of respect for all, and it also plans to take 'an active role in helping to achieve change to benefit some of the most vulnerable and least well represented people in our society.' How likely is it that this new body will achieve its goals? Will it do a better job than the three long-standing bodies that it supersedes, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission? What will be its relationship with government? Can it avoid getting swamped with legal cases to the detriment of achieving lasting social change? Are there other priorities that it should have? In this question and answer session come and find out for yourself, with Commission chair Trevor Phillips and Commissioners Francesca Klug and Jane Campbell answering questions about the new body.
This is a unique opportunity to put your questions to one or more members of the panel. Please send your question, along with your name, any affiliation and your telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on Wednesday 24th October. At the event, the chair, Professor Conor Gearty, will take a selection of submitted and spontaneous questions from the audience.
- Tuesday 6 November, 12.30-1.30pm 'Field Notes' Human rights defenders from Nepal and Zimbabwe speak out
- Wednesday 14 November, 6.30-8pm 'Iraq and the law: what went wrong' with Rabinder Singh QC
- Thursday 29 November, 1.15pm-2.30pm 'Intolerance in the Ivory Tower: the threat to free speech of scholars'
- Thursday 6 December, 6.30-8pm Human Rights Day lecture with Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch
Full details of all forthcoming events are available on our new-look