Many of you have told us you regularly face prejudice and discrimination, denying you the opportunity to live your life to the full. You might be discriminated against by employers, landlords, service providers like shops, restaurants or insurance companies, public bodies like a local council, the police or the NHS, or anyone in society.
Sometimes you also experience abuse of your human rights - being treated without basic dignity in hospital, not being taken seriously when you’re the victim of a crime, or forced to take medication without your consent.
The Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 are vital laws that exist to safeguard your rights and ensure you are treated fairly and without prejudice. When they work as intended, they help make our shared values a reality – values like equality, dignity, justice and freedom.
However, the Government has been looking at ways to change the protection provided by these vital laws. Any move to weaken these protections would be a serious backward step.
We’ve been working in partnership with many other organisations to defend our existing equality and human rights protections to ensure you remain protected from discrimination and are treated fairly, equally and with dignity and respect.