Equality and human rights legal framework – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment


There has been a sustained or severe regression in the enjoyment of human rights, or a significant reduction in human rights standards or protections in law or policy

The exclusion of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights from domestic law represents a significant reduction in human rights protections. The Coronavirus Act, emergency legislation which was subjected to limited scrutiny, includes provisions that weaken human rights protections, and the equality and human rights impact of measures has not been closely scrutinised. The UK Government has rejected several recommendations to strengthen equality and human rights legislation, including introducing the socio-economic duty in England and incorporating international treaty rights into domestic law. 

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on the equality and human rights legal framework.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021