CERD concluding observations 2016, paragraph 12
Plain English recommendation
Government should: Ensure any budget cuts or legal changes to the mandates of the UK’s national human rights institutions do not restrict their independence and effectiveness, in line with the Paris Principles. Ensure a clear division of responsibilities between the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission and that both of them can support people seeking remedies.
Original UN recommendation
The Committee reiterates its recommendation that any spending cuts and legislative amendments relating to the mandates of the national human rights institutions should not restrict their independent and effective operation in line with the principles relating to the status of national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (Paris Principles). The State party should also ensure that there is a clear division of areas of responsibility between the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission and that both are able to support persons seeking effective remedies in the areas falling within their respective fields of competence.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
2 (general obligations)