"Witch-hunt" against the Chair of the EHRC, British Cycling bans men from women's competitive events, and increasing concerns regarding the replacement for the Tavistock
Here are some of the biggest stories to emerge over the last week:
1. “Witch-hunt” against the Chair of the EHRC
There has been an intense spotlight on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and its Chair, Baroness Kishwer Falkner, following allegations of “bullying and discrimination” and the announcement of an internal investigation by Gavin Mansfield KC, at an estimated cost of £100,000 to the taxpayer.
However, it has now been announced that the EHRC has suspended the investigation amid a growing backlash by politicians who state that there is an ‘attempted coup’ by trans activist civil servants. 54 cross-party peers signed a letter stating that Baroness Falkner had been “irresponsibly attacked”.
The EHRC has decided to pause the investigation, in order to seek legal advice regarding leaked confidential information, and ensure the investigation’s integrity.
Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in organisations and individuals who push gender ideology doing their utmost to cancel and discredit organisations, such as the EHRC, who support any position contrary to theirs.
The EHRC, as part of its duty to balance the human rights of those within the UK, has vocalised concerns over the introduction of self-ID and also recommended that the government give detailed consideration to proposals to clarify the meaning of ‘sex’ under the Equality Act 2010.
However, this upset many trans activist groups, culminating in a joint letter to the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), requesting that action is taken against the EHRC. The letter claims, without evidence, that that the EHRC are “actively harming trans people” and are looking to “roll back trans rights”.
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