Commission for Equality and Human Rights

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2004 National Disabled Members' Conference
22 July 2004

In June 2004 the government was consulting on a white paper Fairness for All on the setting up of a commission for equality and human rights. This commission will replace existing equality bodies including theDisability Rights Commission. Conference notes that equality legislation is different for different groups (such as race, gender, disability, sexuality). In particular the Disability Discrimination Act, even with the draft disability bill, will not give disabled people the same rights and protection against discrimination under the law as legislation covering for example race and gender.

Conference calls on the National Disabled Members’ Committee to:

1) monitor developments in the development of the equality and human rights commission;

2) continue to lobby and work with other disability organisations, the Trade Union Disability Alliance, other trade unions and UNISON National Executive Council for full and comprehensive rights and protection under the law for disabled people on an equal basis with other disadvantaged groups.