Introduction

We have designed this page to provide a one stop reference to all the resources and decisions that were made that led to the unanimous approval of the proposals for Discrimination Legislation – July 2020.  For the future key dates please go to Key Dates for the Discrimination Legislation progress and phasing Please go to our Frequently Asked Questions on Human Rights and Discrimination for further information.

FAQ’s
  • G4 Business Groups Respond to Request for Consultation (Discrmination Legislation)

    Published On: March 2nd, 2022

    G4 – The Institute of Directors (IOD), Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA), Guernsey’s Chamber of Commerce and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have jointly responded to a request for feedback on the Anti-Discrimination Legislation proposals.

    Our letter, which focusses on the principles of legislation, rather than the details of the ordinance, sent to the Committee for Employment & Social Security can be read

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  • Policy Letter – Discrimination Ordinance: Grounds of i) Religion or Belief and ii) Sexual Orientation

    Published On: September 13th, 2021

    The Committee for Employment and Social Security published its policy letter on the grounds of religion or belief and sexual orientation. It had been agreed by the previous States to include both these grounds in phase 1 of the discrimination ordinance, which also includes the grounds of race, disability and carer status. All 5 grounds are due to be covered in the ordinance due to be completed in 2022 as the first phase of the new Discrimination Ordinance.

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  • Legislation Changes from the Consultation to the resolutions

    Published On: May 14th, 2021

    There were significant changes to the Discrimination Legislation over its proposal life time.

    1. The original ‘Strawman’ was drafted (best practice)
    2. A consultation with key stakeholders
    3. Draft Policy proposals were drawn up
    4. The ESS Committee widely consulted on these draft proposals
    5. The consultation took place with significant feedback
    6. New significantly amended proposals were drafted March 2020
    7. The debate on the proposals took place July 2020, a few changes were made following resolutions
    8. The final proposals were sent to the law officers for drafting

    A summary of all the changes from the original draft policy papers to the final policy proposals are shown in the attached table

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  • GPEG 2nd letter – Not at any price

    Published On: April 12th, 2021

    GPEG have released a 2nd letter in the Guernsey Press. There are a number of inaccuracies or misleading statements in it that we have highlighted in our most recent blog post.

    You can also view the response to their letter in March here and view the timeline of discrimination legislation resources that we built to ensure all the data, resources and reports are in one place here

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  • SEND Review Published

    Published On: April 6th, 2021

    The States have issued the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) review see SEND review.  The review, undertaken by National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen), was commissioned by the by the last Committee for Education Sports and Culture (ESC) but delayed due to COVID. The full report can be found here.

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  • Government Work Plan

    Published On: March 1st, 2021

    On 26th March 2021, the States of Deliberation agreed the main priorities for the Plan, which included Phase 1 of the Anti-Discrmination legislation proposals .

    Find out more about the Government Work Plan (GWP) on our news blog

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  • Training Questionnaire 2021

    Published On: February 25th, 2021
    The States of Guernsey need to understand how best to support all organisations prior to the introduction of the discrimination legislation, which is currently planned for the latter half of 2022. The implementation of the legislation will also require training and guidance documents to be developed. A questionnaire has therefore been developed to provide answers on how organisations want this information provided.

    Questionnaire (Survey Monkey)

    For a copy of the questionnaire in other formats and for more information…

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  • Discrimination Legislation Implementation External Stakeholder Group

    Published On: February 25th, 2021

    The first meeting of the Discrimination Legislation Implementation External Stakeholder Group took place on the 25th February 2021. To find out more about this group and who is on it click the link below.

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  • Broad summary of the States progress in realising various Human Rights instruments

    Published On: February 15th, 2021

    The Human Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2000, came into full effect in 2006, but, so far, the States has not provided a mechanism to help all citizens to exercise them. Moreover, until recently the States has not had a programme to inform Guernsey residents about their rights. Consequently, people’s general understanding of their rights remains poor.

    Fortunately, this situation in improving, with the introduction of the “rights respecting schools” programme in all States’ schools.

  • GPEG Announce Focus Group

    Published On: February 10th, 2021

    GPEG set up a focus group to assess discrimination legislation and asking for parties interested in joining the focus group to contact the GPEG team at info@gpeg.org.gg.

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  • Highlight reports

    Published On: January 1st, 2021

    The Highlight reports for the Disability, Equality and Inclusion strategy provide an update on the workstreams of the strategy

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  • Formal extension of CRC to Guernsey and Alderney – Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Published On: December 9th, 2020

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has now been formally extended to Guernsey and Alderney.

    The convention is the most widely ratified piece of international human rights legislation in history.

    Extending the Convention to Guernsey and Alderney has been a priority action for the States since 2005, with the Children and Young People’s Plan stating signing up to the UNCRC as one of its overarching actions in the 2016-2022 plan. The CYPP also saw all Guernsey and Alderney schools achieve the Rights Respecting Schools Awards through Unicef

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  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Report on 2020 Election

    Published On: October 1st, 2020

    The general election of 2020 had a number of firsts one of which was the first time independent election observers had been asked to Guernsey. This report is available here was undertaken by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

    The report had 12 recommendations including:

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  • Jersey Law – Physical Features of Premises Commences

    Published On: September 1st, 2020

    The Discrimination (Disability) (Jersey) Regulations 2018 came into force on the 1st September 2018 with the exception of the provisions of indirect discrimination relating to physical features of premises, which came into force on 1st September 2020. The Regulations amended the Discrimination (Jersey) Law, 2013 to include the protected characteristic of disability.

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  • Historic anti-discrimination law passed in Guernsey

    Published On: July 17th, 2020

    Guernsey’s politicians have agreed to an historic anti-discrimination law.

    The law defends people being discriminated against for their race, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and anyone who provides care or support for a person with a disability.

    The Institute of Directors, Chamber of Commerce, international Business Association, Confederation of Guernsey Industry and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development released a joint statement about the change.

    The business groups welcome the Assembly’s decision to approve the proposals for the new discrimination ordinance. We hope to work alongside government and other stakeholders throughout the legislative process to ensure a smooth and successful implementation.

    Joint statement

    ITV media statement

  • Sexual Orientation and Religious belief debate

    Published On: July 17th, 2020

    New grounds of religion / belief and sexual orientation added into Phase 1 of the new discrimination ordinance. A further policy letter will be required in 2021 with the details.

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  • ERO watered down to EEOS

    Published On: July 1st, 2020

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  • Policy proposals for multi-ground discrimination legislation

    Published On: July 1st, 2020

    The States resolved as follows concerning Billet d’État No XV dated 6th July, 2020

    Including adding sexual orientation and religion into Phase 1 (from Phase 2 of 3 phases)

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  • Employment & Discrimination Tribunal

    Published On: July 1st, 2020

    changes to the ERS

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  • legislation to protect against racial discrimination

    Published On: June 1st, 2020

    ESS Committee urges deputies to adopt legislation to protect against racial discrimination

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  • GDA Myth Busters

    Published On: May 1st, 2020

    Reviews of a number of Myths on discrimination the Jersey law etc

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  • Proposals for new discrimination ordinance

    Published On: March 1st, 2020

    The Committee of ESS published proposals for new discrimination legislation which will make it unlawful for employers and service providers to discriminate on the grounds of disability, carer status and race. The Policy Letter outlining these proposals is available here

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  • FAQs – Accessibility and the discrimination legislation proposals

    Published On: March 1st, 2020

    FAQs – Accessibility and the discrimination legislation proposals

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  • Consultation Findings

    Published On: January 1st, 2020

    Consultation Findings:
    Draft Policy Proposals for Discrimination Legislation

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  • Discrimination Legislation proposals to be re-focussed

    Published On: November 1st, 2019

    in light of the feedback received to the public consultation on its draft policy proposals for new discrimination legislation, the Committee has decided to re-focus on the delivery of a reduced set of proposals.

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  • Citizen Advice report 2019

    Published On: July 1st, 2019

    Please note that if there is no protection or legislation for discrimination it is rarely reported or seen as the primary issue. (ie might be noted as employment)

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  • Equality Conference

    Published On: July 1st, 2019

    Equality Guernsey delivers the 1st Equality Conference, workshops and resources

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  • Public Consultation Transcript

    Published On: July 1st, 2019

    Draft Proposals for New Discrimination Legislation: Public Consultation Transcript, Monday 15 July 2019

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  • List of Proposed Exceptions

    Published On: July 1st, 2019

    This document lists the proposed exceptions to the rule of non-discrimination

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  • Technical Draft Proposals

    Published On: July 1st, 2019

    Although the detail of these draft proposals may seem complicated, at its heart what we are proposing is simple: everyone in Guernsey should be included and have an equal opportunity to participate in the life of our island

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  • Draft policy proposals for consultation

    Published On: July 1st, 2019

    the Committee published draft policy proposals for consultation on 9th July 2019

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  • Published On: June 1st, 2019

    Future Guernsey – Priority Policy Area update (June 2019)

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  • Why Not Jersey Legislation?

    Published On: January 1st, 2019

    The GDA and experts advising the Committee for Employment and Social Security considered the Jersey legislation in 2019 prior to any wider consultation. The GDA wrote its own response regarding the suitability of the Jersey legislation Evaluation-of-the-discrimination-Jersey-Law_final.pdf (disabilityalliance.org.gg).  

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  • review of states statutory provisions, policies, procedures,

    Published On: January 1st, 2019

    all States service areas reviewed statutory provisions, policies, procedures, rules and criterion used to determine the provision of goods and services to the public in order to identify any necessary exceptions to the proposed discrimination legislation. This exercise is expected to lead to the identification of various issues which will require legislative or operational changes to be made in order to comply with the forthcoming legislation.

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  • Disability Review Board

    Published On: January 1st, 2019

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  • Sex Discrimination Ordinance – Summary of Consultation Findings

    Published On: December 1st, 2018

    As part of the development of new discrimination legislation, the Committee for Employment & Social Security have gathered people’s views regarding the Sex Discrimination (Employment) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2005 (as amended), Guernsey’s only existing piece of discrimination legislation

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  • straw man’ model piece of legislation

    Published On: November 1st, 2018

    Following this agreement, the ESS re-engaged the same academic advisers to produce a ‘straw man’ model piece of legislation outlining which provisions would likely be needed and drawing on what they considered to be best practice in the aforementioned Irish and Australian legislation. The straw man was presented to engaged stakeholders in November 2018. Circulated to stakeholders including businesses, third sector groups – not line

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  • The Discrimination (Disability) (Jersey) Regulations 2018

    Published On: September 1st, 2018

    The Discrimination (Disability) (Jersey) Regulations 2018 came into force on the 1st September 2018 with the exception of the provisions of indirect discrimination relating to physical features of premises, which came into force on 1st September 2020. The Regulations amended the Discrimination (Jersey) Law, 2013 to include the protected characteristic of disability.

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  • Disability Review Report One

    Published On: September 1st, 2018

    Report for Disability Review Project Board

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  • Disability Review Report Two

    Published On: September 1st, 2018

    Report for Disability Review Project Board

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  • Amendment to The Policy & Resources Plan

    Published On: June 1st, 2018

    the States of Guernsey unanimously agreed that this programme of work should be expanded to develop policy proposals for legislation to protect people from discrimination on multiple grounds, including disability

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  • Key Findings from the Disability & Inclusion Strategy Public Hearing

    Published On: March 15th, 2018

    The Scrutiny Management Committee published its key findings following the January public hearings on the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

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  • comparative evaluation of discrimination/equality legislation

    Published On: March 1st, 2018

    comparative evaluation of discrimination/equality legislation from six countries carried out by academics from the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, ESS agreed that this legislation should be based, where appropriate, on relevant provisions of the Irish Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015, the Irish Equal Status Acts 2000- 2015, and the Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 https://gov.gg/article/164618/New-Discrimination-Legislation-to-draw-on-Irish-and-Australian-Law

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  • 2018 Longer Working Lives (agreement for age discrimination legislation)

    Published On: February 7th, 2018

    A Policy Letter on Longer Working Lives was prepared, which was debated by the States on 7thFebruary 2018. The Policy Letter can be found here:  A number of actions were agreed which will be taken forward by the Committee for Employment & Social Security as resources become available around the Committee’s strategic priorities (which include the Disability & Inclusion; Affordable Housing; the Supported Living & Ageing Well Strategy; and Social Welfare).

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  • Jersey Disability Discrimination Consultation – GDA response

    Published On: February 1st, 2018
    2017 Jersey organised a consultation with the public in their disability discrimination legislation. The GDA gave a full response (special thanks to Rob Platts), many of our comments are included in the consultation report.
     The GDA has concluded that the proposed approach is discriminatory and offers inferior legislation to disabled people.
    Our latest response here.
    Link to Report here
  • Scrutiny Management Committee Hearing

    Published On: January 31st, 2018

    The Scrutiny Management Committee public hearing was held on the 31st January 2018. The hearing sought to explore the progress being made on the Disability and Inclusion Strategy, together with the management of the public resources. Karen Blanchford, Arrun Wilkie and Rob Harnish gave evidence on behalf of the GDA and Deputy Sarah Hansmann Rouxel gave evidence as Disability Champion.

  • ERO (Equality Rights Organisation) Project Team

    Published On: January 16th, 2018

    Toward fairness for all: Developing Guernsey’s equality and rights organisation

    The workshop was designed to solicit input on the possible scope, functions and remit of an ERO suited to Guernsey’s population. Members of the island’s Equality Working Group attended the workshop, including Citizens Advice Guernsey, Liberate, Guernsey Disability Alliance and Safer. The Children’s Convenor, Honorary Consul of Latvia and representatives of the Employment Relations Service, Chamber of Commerce and Law Officers of the Crown also participated. It was facilitated by Peter Woodward, who served as Convenor of Guernsey’s Employment and Discrimination Tribunal for 17 years

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  • 2018 Scrutiny Panel – delays to the Disability and Inclusion Strategy

    Published On: January 1st, 2018

    GDA comment on delays to the implementation of the States’ Disability and Inclusion Strategy

    Four years after the Strategy was unanimously passed by the States of Guernsey there is little tangible progress on the core Strategy workstreams, including the establishment of disability discrimination legislation and the establishment of an Equality and Rights Organisation. In addition, little has been achieved with regard to raising awareness about disability and changing attitudes towards disabled people throughout society– a core aim of the Strategy and one of the few obligations, placed upon governments by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention), which requires immediate action.

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  • Business Disability Forum (BDF) reviews

    Published On: July 1st, 2017

    the Business Disability Forum (BDF) undertook an audit to assess the States of Guernsey’s readiness for the proposed disability discrimination legislation, as both an employer and a service provider

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  • States of Guernsey action plan

    Published On: June 1st, 2017

    Service areas within the States of Guernsey have been working through a series of actions as a result of audits completed by the Business Disability Forum (BDF) during 2017

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  • Disability Discrimination Legislation Project Team

    Published On: January 17th, 2017

    The team included representatives from business, third sector and Government

    More detail to follow

  • Carers Report

    Published On: January 1st, 2017

    PROVISION FOR CARERS IN GUERNSEY

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  • The Same-Sex Marriage (Guernsey) Law, 2016

    Published On: January 1st, 2016

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  • Guernsey Employment Trust

    Published On: January 1st, 2016

    An SLA (Service Level Agreement) was entered into between the States of Guernsey and the Guernsey Employment Trust (GET) to assist employers to become prepared for the introduction of forthcoming disability discrimination legislation

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  • Disability Policy Implementation Group

    Published On: January 1st, 2015

    Chaired by Peter Harwood, members including Louise Hall (Business Rep), Rob Platts (Disability Rep)

    More detail to follow

  • Building (Alderney) Regulations, 2014

    Published On: January 30th, 2014

    The Building (Alderney) Regulations, 2014 came into operation in February 2014 having been made in January of the same year. These Regulations replaced the 1978 Regulations and provided Alderney with the same provisions in Part M as applied in Guernsey.

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  • x 2013 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

    Published On: November 1st, 2013

    In 2013, the States committed to seek extension of the UK’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) “at the earliest appropriate opportunity”

    Little progress has been made in realising the Convention or in achieving extension of the UK’s ratification. Extension is dependent, amongst other things, on discrimination legislation being in place.

    In July 2020 The States of Guernsey unanimously approved the proposals for Discrimination Legislation, which now go to the drafting stage, due 2022.

  • The Disability and Inclusion Strategy

    Published On: November 1st, 2013

    The Disability and Inclusion Strategy was was agreed by the States of Deliberation in November 2013. The Strategy aims to improve the quality of life of disabled Islanders and their carers through changing attitudes towards disabled people and carers so that they can be active and engaged socially, economically and culturally

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  • Equality and Rights Organisation (ERO)

    Published On: November 1st, 2013

    following consideration of the DIS the States agreed: “To approve, in principle, the establishment of an equality and rights organisation, based on the Paris Principles, but defer the implementation of such an organisation dependent on: a business plan and any additional funding. An ERO is a statutory body which promotes equality and human rights and helps to protect individuals from discrimination and human rights violations

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  • UNCRPD

    Published On: November 1st, 2013

    Following consideration of the DIS, the States directed the former Policy Council to seek the extension of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to Guernsey at the earliest appropriate opportunity

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  • 2013 Discrimination (Jersey) Law

    Published On: January 1st, 2013

    Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 phasing: (Source CAB Jersey)

    1. 1st September 2014 – the Law came into force providing protection initially against racial discrimination only
    2. 1st September 2015 – the further protected characteristics of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity came into force
    3. 1st September 2016 – protection against age discrimination
    4. 1st September 2018 – protection against disability discrimination came into force and gave two years for businesses to make reasonable adjustments to premises
      • 2020 – businesses to make reasonable adjustments to premises.

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  • 2013 Island of Equality or Oceans of Exclusion report

    Published On: January 1st, 2013

    An extensive research report by Rob Platts evaluating more than 38 Jurisdictions Equality laws (updated 2014)

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  • Building (Guernsey) Regulations, 2012

    Published On: July 1st, 2012

    The Building (Guernsey) Regulations, 2012 came into operation on the 1st July 2012 replacing the previous regulations and extended the provisions of Part M.

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  • Maternity and Paternity Provisions and CEDAW

    Published On: February 21st, 2012

    The States debated the Policy Councils States report on Maternity and Paternity Provisions and the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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  • 2011 The States of Guernsey Strategic Plan

    Published On: October 12th, 2011

    The States of Guernsey Strategic Plan, approved by the States on 12 October 2011, includes the following General Objectives for social policy:

  • Disability Needs Survey -1st

    Published On: January 1st, 2011

    In 2011 two disability needs surveys were undertaken.
    The first survey looked at the number of people living with long-term health conditions or disabilities, as well as the number of carers. The survey provided information which informed the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

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  • Disability Needs Survey -2nd

    Published On: January 1st, 2011

    The second survey looked at the experiences of disabled people and people who care for someone with a disability.
    The survey provided information which informed the Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

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  • UK Equality Act 2010

    Published On: October 1st, 2010
    A new UK Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010.

    It brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act.

    The Act provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

    It provides Britain with a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

    The nine main pieces of legislation that have merged are:

    1. the Equal Pay Act 1970
    2. the Sex Discrimination Act 1975
    3. the Race Relations Act 1976
    4. the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
    5. the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
    6. the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
    7. the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
    8. the Equality Act 2006, Part 2
    9. the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

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  • Sept 2006  – The Commencement Ord for Human Rights Law

    Published On: September 1st, 2006

    The Human Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law was brought into force on 1 September 2006.The law incorporates provisions set out in the European Convention on Human Rights into Bailiwick law. It also makes it unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which clashes with those provisions.

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  • 2005 Convention on the Rights of the Child – approved 2020

    Published On: January 1st, 2005

    In 2005, the States committed to request extension of the UK’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Formal extension of CRC to Guernsey and Alderney was approved December 2020 (15 years later).

  • The Racial Hatred (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2005

    Published On: January 1st, 2005

    Following from the States resolution on the 23rd September 2003 the The Racial Hatred (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2005 came into force on the 23rd November 2005.

    This legislation also forms part of the States obligation under The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

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  • 2005 Sex Discrimination

    Published On: January 1st, 2005
  • 2004 Discrimination Law

    Published On: January 1st, 2004
  • Legislation for Racially Motivated Crime

    Published On: September 24th, 2003

    The States considered a report from the Advisory and Finance Committee on 24th September 2003 entitled  Legislation for Racially Motivated Crime (Billet d’Etat XXI, 2003).

    This lead to the drafting of The Racial Hatred (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2005 .

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  • Proposals for Comprehensive Equal Status and Fair Treatment Legislation

    Published On: September 24th, 2003

    States debated the Advisory and Finance proposals for Comprehensive Equal Status and Fair Treatment Legislation in September 2003.

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  • x 2003 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

    Published On: January 1st, 2003

    In 2003, the States committed to seeking extension of the UK’s ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to Guernsey. Sixteen years later and this goal has not been achieved. In Guernsey, some of the most basic protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment in the provision of goods and services, education and accommodation remain unavailable to Guernsey residents.

  • 2000 Human Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law

    Published On: January 1st, 2000
  • The Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 (‘the Acts’)

    Published On: January 1st, 2000

    Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

    The Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 (‘the Acts’) prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services, accommodation and education. They cover the nine grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, and membership of the Traveller community. In addition, the Acts prohibit discrimination in the provision of accommodation services against people who are in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance, or social welfare payments.

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  • The Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015

    Published On: January 1st, 1998

    The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

    The Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015 outlaw discrimination in a wide range of employment and employment-related areas. These include recruitment and promotion; equal pay; working conditions; training or experience; dismissal and harassment including sexual harassment.

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  • United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

    Published On: December 1st, 1993

    In December 1993, following the consideration of the Advisory and Finances report titled United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All
    Forms of Discrimination against Women, the States resolved (inter alia):

    1. To condemn discrimination against women in all its forms.

    2. (a) To instruct States Committees to take all reasonable steps to identify and eradicate any discrimination against women in legislation or practice and to present proposals to the State in that regard as and when practicable.

    (b) To instruct the States Advisory and Finance Committee to report to the States on the progress being made in respect of Resolution 2 (a) not less than once every three years.

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  • Building Regulations – Part M Access and Facilities for Disabled People

    Published On: November 23rd, 1992

    Part M, access and facilities for disabled people, was introduced into the Building Regulations made on the 23rd November 1992 which came into operation in Guernsey on 1st March 1993. These Regulations replaced the 1957 regulations which had no provisions for access or facilities for anyone affected by disability.

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  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)

    Published On: May 20th, 1976

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) was ratified by Guernsey on the 20th May 1976, and came into force on the 20th August 1976.

    The ICCPR provides in Article 2:
    “1. Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

    Published On: January 1st, 1976
    In 1976, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) was extended to Guernsey. Much of the Convention can be gradually realised. While some progress has been made, it is clear that insufficient progress has made on matters that do require immediate attention (e.g. non-discrimination), and the evidence suggests that there is no real commitment to realising other matters, such as equal pay for work of equal value, and full access to employment.
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

    Published On: March 18th, 1969

    The  Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was Registered in Bailiwick on 18th March 1969 and came into force on 6th April 1969.

    50+ years later, residents are still unable to exercise certain rights under that Convention, including the basic right of protection from discrimination on the ground of race.

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  • European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

    Published On: October 23rd, 1953

    The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) was extended to the Bailiwick on the 23rd October 1953.

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  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

    Published On: December 10th, 1948

    Following the Second World War the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights was drafted. It was drafted by representatives from all over the world.  The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on the 10th December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

    The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights provides in Article 1 that

    “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”

    and, in Article 2 says that

    “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, without discrimination of any kind.”

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