EHRC Race Commissioners Must Stay!

News release from Voice4Change England
on behalf of the Co-alition

The Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Sector Coalition deplore the likely decision to axe two key race equality experts from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).   Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece had to re-apply for their positions but have not been selected for interview as board commissioners. These two commissioners have long track records of tackling racism and promoting race relations.

This symbolises a reinforcement of the race policy cleansing of the Coalition Government.  It has so far refused to have a specific race equality strategy and is clawing back the Equality Act requirements to monitor for race inequality in 40,000 public authorities. The government seems to think race equality is not important even though there are huge racial differentials in almost every socio-economic area including unemployment, education, low income and poverty. Hate crime against Muslims and Minority communities persists as a blight on British values.

Simon Woolley has led Operation Black Vote for many years and has campaigned over decades for race equality. He has protested about the disproportionate impact of EHRC budget cuts on the organisation’s Black staff. Lady Hussein-Ece,  used to lead the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats and has a lifelong record of campaigning for better race relations.

We are calling for race equality organisations and those who value race equality to express concerns directly to the Government. We need EHRC commissioners who understand and have a track record of working on issues of race equality, we need a government that supports the aim of race equality with action and resources.

At the very least commissioners should be appointed who have the confidence of minority ethnic communities and ideally Simon Woolley and Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece should be interviewed and given clear written reasons for the ensuing decision.

Voice 4 Change England

Runnymede Trust

BTEG – Black Training and Enterprise Group

BECON (Black Minority Ethnic Community Organisations Network) (North East)

MENTER (Black and Minority Ethnic Network) (East of England)

Black South West Network

Friends, Families and Travellers

Race Equality Foundation

Coalition for Racial Justice  (UK)

Croydon BME Forum

Race On The Agenda

Odu-Dua Housing Association

One North West

OLMEC – Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee led Social Enterprise

JUST West Yorkshire

Equanomics UK – Race equality via economic Justice

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Notes to editors:

About Voice4Change England
Voice4Change England (V4CE) is a national advocate for the Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector (BME VCS).  BME voluntary and community organisations (BME VCOs) are a crucial part of civil society that have emerged from and work for BME communities.  By supporting the BME VCS we aim to improve the life outcomes for BME and other disadvantaged communities.  As the only national membership organisation dedicated to the BME VCS we speak up to policymakers on the issues that matter to the sector; bring the sector together to share good practice; and develop the sector to better meet the needs of communities.

For more information please contact:

Kunle Olulode, Media, Marketing and Communications Officer
Email: kunle@voice4change-england.co.uk
Tel: 0843 208 1252

Issan Ghazni, Director
Email: issan@voice4change-england.co.uk
Tel: 0843 208 1252

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