Advocacy Statements

Myanmar must immediately bring an end to violence against Rohingya

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the ongoing military operation against the Rohingya in Myanmar a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. The Equal Rights Trust joins the UN and others urging the Government of Myanmar to bring an immediate end to all violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine State and to allow access to the region for humanitarian agencies and to the media and independent organisations seeking to document the situation there.

Equal Rights Trust Provides Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Equal Rights Trust has made a submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in response to its consultation on the Outline of the Draft General Comment on Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which guarantees the rights to equality and non-discrimination.

Equal Rights Trust focuses on protecting LGBT+ individuals in Russia for IDAHOT 2017

On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia the Equal Rights Trust calls for increased protection of LGBT+ individuals in Russia. Our call is made in light of reports of increasing discrimination and persecution in the country, including in particular the recent horrific reports of the torture and murder of LGBT+ individuals in Chechnya. These reports demand an urgent response. The Equal Rights Trust has been working with LGBT+ groups in Russia for many years. We have noted that increasingly restrictive legislation and inadequate court protection have played a significant role in perpetuating this climate of intolerance and discrimination. We all have a responsibility to act.

Russian Authorities 

Ukraine and the United Kingdom urged to address racial and ethnic discrimination

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. In both cases, the Committee echoed a recommendations submitted by the Equal Rights Trust in parallel reports.

Equal Rights Trust calls for UK action to strengthen and safeguard right to equality

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:

Equal Rights Trust Urges Coordinated Action to Combat Discriminatory Torture and Ill-treatment

London, 26 June 2015

The Equal Rights Trust marks today, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, by calling for increased international attention on the prevalence of discriminatory torture and ill-treatment. The Trust works to document and raise awareness of the link between discrimination and torture as this intersection remains underexplored and the violations not adequately addressed.

Malaysia Must Investigate Allegations First Made by the Equal Rights Trust in 2010

London, 27 May 2015 

The Equal Rights Trust has today called on the government of Malaysia to establish an independent and comprehensive investigation into allegations that immigration officials were actively involved in the trafficking of stateless Rohingya migrants. The Trust’s call follows the discovery on 25 May of 28 suspected human trafficking camps and 139 mass graves in northern Malaysia, close to the Thai border

The UN Must Intervene to End Persecution and Discrimination Against Rohingya

London, 21 May 2015

The Equal Rights Trust has today called for the establishment of an international Commission of Inquiry on the involvement of the government of Myanmar in the persecution of the Rohingya, stressing that the government’s persistent failure to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the Rohingya population is the root cause of the refugee crisis of the last two weeks. In the wake of the announcement, on 20 May, by Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand that they will offer temporary shelter to up to 7000 stateless Rohingya refugees and migrants from Bangladesh stranded in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, the Trust is concerned that the stateless Rohingya issue remains as far as ever from an acceptable solution.

Ugandan Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill Clearly Violates International Law

London, 12 December 2014

The Equal Rights Trust has today written to Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda, urging him and his government not to introduce the Bill on the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices to the Parliament of Uganda. The Equal Rights Trust’s letter analyses the Bill against Uganda’s international legal obligations and concludes that, if enacted, the Bill would constitute a clear and significant breach of the rights to freedom of expression and non-discrimination. The Bill would also increase and perpetuate the discrimination and gross inequality suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons in Uganda today.