To mark the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Equal Rights Trust has brought together a group of national equality organisations and coalitions from across the globe to issue a call for a "decade of action on equality and non-discrimination".

Today, the Equal Rights Trust, together with a group of leading global equality organisations, publishes the Principles on Equality by Design in Algorithmic Decision-Making Systems.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new report, commissioned by HelpAge International and produced by the Equal Rights Trust, on advancing equality for older people.

The Problem

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithmic decision-making is spreading and rapidly transforming our daily lives. These technologies are now deployed in a wide range of sectors and in many areas of public and private decision-making. As the use of these technologies continues to proliferate, our understanding of their impact on human rights is beginning to emerge and cohere. This is particularly so in respect of their impacts on the enjoyment of rights to equality and non-discrimination. 

The Equal Rights Trust and Black Protest Legal Support have jointly submitted evidence to the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for his upcoming report on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests during crisis situations.

We use our submission to present selected evidence related to the discriminatory denial of the right to peaceful assembly in the context of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including patterns of:


Transparency International, illustrations courtesy of Andrea Fonseca


BLAM and ERT launch the Olive Morris Fellowship to support a legal researcher to investigate the link between the gaps in the National Curriculum and patterns of racial prejudice and discriminatin in the UK. The Fellowship is part of our new initiative working in partnership to implement the UK's equality law obligations to adopt measures in its educational system to combat prejudices which lead to racial discrimination.