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UK: The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to hold inquiry into disability harassment in England and Wales.

Posted 17/12-09 at 02.21

The Commission is the UN accredited human rights body for Great Britain responsible for promoting and monitoring implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Commission plans to use its legal powers to investigate the true extent of disability-related harassment and take appropriate action based on the evidence uncovered.

The EHRC will be investigating what public authorities are doing to protect disabled people's human rights to live free from violence and abuse. This move comes after the recent Pilkington case (see Our Rights, November issue) and last year's report on disability hate crime co-published by SCOPE, Disability Now and the United Kingdom Disabled People's Council.

The Commission will also be considering how public authorities have complied with their obligations in relation to the Disability Equality Duty set out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Human Rights Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.



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