BHA publishes new equalities report

The BHA has today welcomed a report commissioned by the BHA which examines the current ‘state of the nation’ in regard to ‘religion or belief’ equalities. The recommendations in the report hope to improve equalities work in this area and help to raise awareness of the issues.

The report, entitled The ‘Religion or Belief’ Equality Strand in Law and Policy: Current Implications for Equalities and Human Rights was written as part of an equality project run by the BHA and funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC.) The report was researched and written by the Birmingham-based equalities organisation brap.  It is aimed primarily at practitioners in the equalities field and covers subjects including legislation, human rights, employment issues and education.

BHA Local Campaigns Officer, Pepper Harow, said of the report, “We welcome the opportunity to publish a report which gives such a detailed and useful account of the ‘religion or belief’ equality strand. The BHA believes the report to be a balanced and accurate representation of current law and policy in this equality area and agrees with the majority of the recommendations and conclusions drawn.”  She continued, “This is the first time that a full assessment of the work being done under this relatively new equality area has been carried out. We are very pleased to be a part of it and hope that it will become a useful tool for those working in the field.”

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Read the BHA Response to the Report.

The report is available to download on the BHA website.

For comment or information from the BHA, contact Pepper Harow on 020 74624992.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is the national charity representing and supporting the non-religious, campaigning for an end to religious privilege and to discrimination based on religion or belief and is the largest organisation in the UK working for a secular society.