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EHRC Exposed - Index

This index page  replaced our usual front page during Feb & March 2022. We have moved it to our dedicated section on this issue so that so that the information in relation to activities within the EHRC remains easily accessible to everyone. 

 

Following the recent revelations in Vice News about the EHRC, we are making public, information and analysis that, in our opinion, show that the EHRC is unfit for purpose.

This evidence also exposes the EHRC's Statement on the 2nd February 2022 as the sham it is. These are not 'allegations' or 'out of context', but rather they are provable, documented facts about serious failings at the EHRC.

The EHRC appear to be contributing to the circumstances where the Council of Europe (an international organization founded in the wake of World War II to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe) - bracketed the UK with Russia, Hungary and Poland in their Resolution 2417 (2022). 

Dated 25th January 2022 this resolution (entitled "Combating Hate Against LGBTI People in Europe) failed to get any media attention purely the media themselves contribute to hate in the UK. We are also very concerned that we can find no reference that the EHRC has made any statement about the Council of Europe's Resolution.   

Just one major UK news organisation published this storywith ITV reporting

The UK has been identified as a country notable for "extensive and often virulent attacks on the rights of LGBT+ people" over the past several years.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) identified the UK alongside Hungary, Poland, Russia and Turkey as countries where this was of most concern.

 

On 15th Feb 2022, ILGA Europe (The Europe wide LGBTQ+ advocacy and human rights organisation) released its 2022 annual review. The UK section makes for particularly damning reading, once again empasising the rapid and seemingly inexorable slide on LGBTQ+ rights here due to rampant anti-trans rhetoric. Lowlights includee identifying the BBC as a source of misinformation, including the laughable 10 part smear on Stonewall in the Nolan Report podcast, the accellerating trend of rising hate crime, disbanding of the LGBT Advisory Panel, ongoing failures in healthcare access and explicitly identifying Fair Play for Women as an anti-trans group - one of a host trans hostile lobby groups the EHRC appear to have aligned themselves with.

 

The EHRC released letters recently that show:

Following these revelations, and given that we believe these actions are wholly incompatible for a human rights organisation, we reiterate our demands as follows : 

  • The immediate resignation of the Chair of the EHRC, Baroness Kishwar Falkner, and the entire Board of Commissioners
  • The immediate resignation of the Ministers for Equality Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch, who are directly responsible for the political appointment of the EHRC leadership
  • The EHRC immediately cease all activities in relation to the Equality Act 2010 and any associated guidance which may impact the rights of trans people in the UK
  • Removal of the EHRC's 'A' status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) as it is clearly unfit for purpose
  • A full review of the EHRC's fitness to practice as a human rights organisation as a United Nations accredited National Human Rights Institution.
  • All EHRC Board and Chair replacements should be selected based on a proven track record of defending and promoting human rights for all UK citizens and approved by the Women & Equalities Select Committee.

We would add that not all of this expose has been published - keep watching this page! 

 

Actions

Donate to The Good Law Project's Trans Legal Defence Fund

Sign the Stonewall Open Letter: Stand Up for Trans Rights

Sign the Stonewall Petition : The EHRC is Not Fit for Purpose

 

Steph's Place EHRC Dossier Archive

Dossier Evidence

LGB Alliance Video Submission to EHRC Board (Content Warning - Prejudice & Discrimination)

 

Steph's Place EHRC Articles

3rd Feb 2022 - EHRC Board Members Reindorf and Goodhart

3rd Feb 2022 - Conflicts of Interest Part 1

8th Feb 2022 - Is the EHRC colluding with trans hostile lobby groups? LGB Alliance's Submission to EHRC Board Briefing

8th Feb 2022 - Transcript of LGB Alliance's Video Submission to EHRC Board Briefing

11th Feb 2022 - EHRC Scandal - Former Legal Directors Speak Out 

12th Feb 2022 - The EHRC’s Misleading Response to the Vice News Expose on ‘Single Sex Spaces’ Guidance

17th Feb 2022 - EHRC - Collusion with trans hostile lobby groups?

21st Feb 2022 - Falkner finally speaks, and it's as bad you expect

22nd Feb 2022 - Statement from Steph's Place in regard to the EHRC and Transgender Schools Guidance

23rd Feb 2022 - UK Government tries to smear Vice News in Parliament

28th Feb 2022 - Scottish Human Rights Commission tells EHRC where to go

 

Steph's Place Related Commentary

7th Feb 2022 - EHRC, Baroness Falkner & Liz Truss - We don’t want to Look Back in Anger

15th Feb 2022 - Stonewall, Good Law Project and 20+ major LGBTQ+ organisations unite to spark international review of UK’s human rights body.

27th Feb 2022 - Unsafe to be different

27th Feb 2022 - The Equality & Human Rights Commission Investigation (Joint StephsPlace / FGEN Podcast)

 

Vice World News Expose

2nd Feb 2022 - Britain’s Equalities Watchdog Met Privately With Anti-Trans Groups

4th Feb 2022 - Staff Are Quitting Britain's Equality Watchdog the EHRC Due to ‘Transphobia’

10th Feb 2022 - Leaked EHRC Guidance Reveals Plans To Exclude Most Trans People From Bathrooms

22nd Feb 2022 - Guidance Supporting Trans Kids Scrapped by EHRC After Government Interference

 

Other Media / Group Coverage

4th Feb 2022 - Staff quit UK’s so-called equalities watchdog en masse over descent into ‘transphobia’ (Pink News)

6th Feb 2022 - The EHRC: A Tory Front Organisation (Owen Jones Show, YouTube)

7th Feb 2022 - UK 'leads the charge' in demonising trans people, Natasha Devon declares (LBC)

8th Feb 2022 - Stephen Paton: EHRC is starting to look like a front for Tories (The National, archive link)

10th Feb 2022 - Major LGBTQ+ organisations spark international review of the EHRC (Stonewall)

10th Feb 2022 - Equalities watchdog wants to exclude most trans people from single-sex spaces, leak suggests (Pink News)

10th Feb 2022 - (CW : Transphobia) Falkner Interview on the 'Keeping it Human' Podcast (Spotify)

11th Feb 2022 - The EHRC’s stance on trans people’s access to single and separate sex spaces is legally ludicrous (Trans Legal Project)

11th Feb 2022 - Rights watchdog 'should lose status' over trans row (BBC)

11th Feb 2022 - (CW : Transphobia) Stonewall on Equality Watchdog Fears (BBC R4)

11th Feb 2022 - ‘Every major LGBT+ charity’ calls for disgraced equalities watchdog EHRC to be downgraded (Pink News)

11th Feb 2022 - Lawyers explain in simplest terms why barring trans people from single-sex spaces would be unlawful (Pink News)

11th Feb 2022 - The EHRC has been accused of legitimising transphobia (Dazed)

12th Feb 2022 - LGBT+ Groups Launch Legal Challenge to Equalities Watchdog (Chamber)

14th Feb 2022 - (CW : Transphobia) Kishwer Falkner: Is life now so brittle that to ask questions is to be deemed to be controversial? (Holyrood)

15th Feb 2022 - Trans rights are at risk now, but the failures of Britain’s equality watchdog imperil us all (Guardian.com)

23rd Feb 2022 - The pieces of the EHRC jigsaw come together and it’s worse than we thought (Trans Legal Project)

23rd Feb 2022 - Leaked EHRC Guidance For Trans Kids At School vs EHRC’s Favourite Hate Group

27th Feb 2022 - Pride Matters Episode 2 : Talking Trans Issues (Gateway Radio Catch Up)

 

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