Equality and human rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. It is a non-departmental public body established under the Equality Act 2006 and it opened on 1 October 2007.

It combines the responsibilities and powers of the three previous equality commissions: the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), which had responsibility for promoting racial, disability and sex equality in Britain.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission provides details of the duties and responsibilities of public authorities in Britain. It covers the statutory equality duties and the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for all public sector organisations.