37. Memorandum from Haringey
I am writing in response to your request for
submissions to the above Inquiry. We are a London local authority
which seeks to ensure compliance with the Human Rights Act in
the formulation of policy and discharge of duties. Our work in
this area has convinced us of the value of having a Human Rights
Commission which could:
Be proactive in ensuring all public
bodies receive the information and guidance they need on their
responsibility under the Human Rights Act to protect human rights.
Raise public awareness of human rights
and our responsibility to protect the human rights of others.
Monitor the extent to which the human
rights of adults and children are protected and advise government
and parliament on reforms that are needed in Law, Policy or Practice.
Assist in the development of information
provision for the public and training programmes for those who
advise them; to refer members of the public to those with relevant
legal expertise and to take test case or make intervention where
it is in the public interest that the law be changed or challenged.
On the issue of the relationship with the existing
Commissions given their specific focus and the broader remit of
a Human Rights Commission, there is a strong case for establishing
a separate Human Rights Commission.
Head of Policy: Equalities & Diversity
25 June 2001