Black people are being failed by the UK’s equality watchdog, say MP’s

Blind justice lawsource: The HuffPost
published: 11 November 2020

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is failing to protect Black people’s human rights, an explosive parliamentary report has found.

Following Black Lives Matter protests in response to George Floyd’s murder earlier this year, the Joint Committee on Human Rights examined racial inequalities in Britain highlighted by the mass demonstrations across health, criminal justice, immigration and democracy.

Equality watchdog the EHRC has been unable to adequately provide leadership and gain trust in the protection and promotion of Black human rights, the panel established.

The EHRC is funded by the government’s equalities office, currently headed by Kemi Badenoch – who recently came under fire for saying white privilege doesn’t exist.

The commission often works with government to influence progress – a failure on its part reflects poorly on the government by default.

The report entitled Black People, Racism and Human Rights makes 20 recommendations. It reads: “This committee has long been concerned that the EHRC’s powers in relation to human rights are not fit for purpose. This undermines its ability to protect Black people’s rights more effectively.”

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