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At the end of August 2016, following the end of its 90th session, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the Committee) published its concluding observations on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The Equal Rights Trust is seeking a Chinese speaking Legal Research Consultant with an interest in equality issues. The Consultant will be expected to research and draft a report on the legal framework for equality and the patterns of discrimination and inequality in China. This will require desk based research, legal analysis and fact-checking.

On Wednesday 7 September the Equal Rights Trust will take part in Advocates for International Development’s (A4ID) Rule of Law Knowledge Group to provide lawyers and others an introduction to statelessness as a conceptual tool and to highlight its connections with sustainable development and human rights.  

We are seeking an Arabic speaking Legal Fellow, with an interest in equality issues and knowledge of international human rights law, to gain experience of researchadvocacy and litigation in the area of equality and non-discrimination.

The Legal and Programmes Officer supports the Trust’s litigationresearchadvocacy and movement building work and manages a number of its grant-funded projects. 

Today, the Equal Rights Trust announces that Dr Dimitrina Petrova, who co-founded the organisation and has served as its Executive Director for ten years has stepped down, and that Jim Fitzgerald (former Head of Advocacy) and Joanna Whiteman (former Head of Litigation) have been appointed as Co-Directors to lead the organisation in the next stage of its development.

In February the Equal Rights Trust launched its Bob Hepple Memorial Fund a campaign which promotes equal opportunity in human rights careers by supporting funded internship and fellowship placements with the Trust.  The Fund levels the playing field, giving those without the financial means to take up unpaid placements the opportunity to enter the human rights sector and fulfil their ambition.

Today, the Equal Rights Trust and Moldovan non-governmental organisation Promo-LEX launch From Words to Deeds: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Moldova the first comprehensive study ever produced on discrimination in Moldova.

Last Thursday, equality activists, academics, lawyers and other experts gathered at the second annual Equal Rights Trust Bob Hepple Equality Award event, co-organised this year with the Industrial Law Society. The award winner was respected disability activist and academic Professor Anna Lawson.  

Following the referendum vote in the United Kingdom (UK) in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) last Thursday, the Equal Rights Trust urges the UK government to take urgent and effective measures to tackle inequality and respond robustly to discrimination. The Equal Rights Trust has noted with concern the centrality of inequality and discrimination to events and discourses in the lead up to and aftermath of the referendum.

Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Bob Niven, Vice Chair said:

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