Commisson for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR)

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2008 National Black Members' Conference
16 September 2007

The Equality Act 2006 dissolved the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission; to make provision about discrimination on grounds of religion or belief; to enable provision to be made about discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation; to impose duties relating to sex discrimination on persons performing public functions; to amend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights was established to encompass all of the above.

The purpose of the Commission of Equality & Human Rights is to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people and protect human rights.

In order to do this the CEHR have an active role to play in helping to achieve change to benefit some of the most vulnerable and least well represented people in our society.

In order to make sure that Black issues are high on the CEHR agenda. The conference instructs the National Black Members’ Committee (NBMC) to work with the National Executive Council (NEC) to:

a.update us with a progress report on the work of the commission and how it affects our members;

b.ensure that black members issues do not slip down or off the agenda of the CEHR;

c.Pursue the need for a for a Race Committee and representation on any other committees;

d.To ensure Black members are encourage to be involved with regional structures.