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Joint Committee On Human Rights - Sixth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be printed 3 March 2003.


CONTENTS


Terms of Reference

THE CASE FOR A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

SUMMARY

REPORT

INTRODUCTION

The Human Rights Act: An Engine of Transformation?

Acknowledgements

A CULTURE OF RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

The Rights Themselves

Universal Rights

Positive Obligations

An Ethical Framework

"Mainstreaming"

"Horizontality"

Promoting a Culture of Respect for Human Rights

THE CASE FOR A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Making a Case

The Case in Principle

Advocates of a Commission

What would a Human Rights Commission look like?

Lessons from Abroad

The Case in Practice: Unmet Needs

Spreading the Message in Public Authorities

Hearing the Message: Clients of Public Authorities

The Case for and against a Commission

Would a Commission be Unconstitutional?

Would a Commission duplicate the Work of the JCHR?

Would a Commission be a burden?

Do we need to wait and see?

A new paradigm?

Willing the means?

Proving a need?

Is the case for a commission made?

FUNCTIONS AND POWERS

The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Promoting Rights

Education

Advice and Assistance

International obligations

Public Inquiries

Scrutiny of Law and Practice

Legislative Scrutiny

Scrutiny of Practice

Redress

Adjudication of Complaints

Mediation and Conciliation

Formal Investigations

Legal Powers

Mandate of a Commission

THE STRUCTURE OF A COMMISSION

Human Rights and Equality

The Single Equalities Body Project

Promoting Equality and protecting Human Rights

Options for the Institutional Arrangements for Equality and Human Rights

An Equality Commission alone

An Equality Commission with a Human Rights Remit

Separate Equality and Human Rights Commissions

A Human Rights and Equality Commission

One Commission or Two?

Devolution Issues

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

Devolution Solutions

UK-wide Arrangements

UK Advisory Council on Human Rights

Preparing for Change

Independence and Accountability

Independence

Resources

Accountability

Allocation of Functions

CONCLUSION

Annex A: The Paris Principles - The United Nations' Principles Relating to the Status of National Human Rights Institutions

Annex B: Functions and Powers of equality and human rights bodies

Table A Duties and Powers of Equality Commissions

Table B Duties and Power of Human Rights Commissions

Table C Duties and Powers of Human Rights and Equality Commissions

LIST OF PRINCIPAL CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT

LIST OF WITNESSES

LIST OF APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

APPENDICES


 
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