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Equality and Human Rights – Parity Of Legislation

Comment 18th July 2010

The RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS HATRED ACT 2006 (An Act to make provision about offences involving stirring up hatred against persons on racial or religious grounds.) has created a two tier system of law which is incompatible with Human Rights and The Equality Act 2010.

The Protected Characteristics ( defined by the Equality Act 2010 ) of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sex and sexual orientation represent significant minorities who also are subjected to hatred and hate crime which is directly analogous and equivalent to Racial and Religious Hatred.

Why does this matter?

The Government are called upon to introduce Primary Legislation to remove this inequality, and associated Human Rights deficits under Articles 6, 8 and 14  of the European Convention On Human Rights – The Human Rights Act 1998.

For Government Departments to comply with the law & cut foreseeable wastage on legal costs whilst also meeting extant legal obligations on equality and human rights.

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