Equality and human rights resources for Guernsey.

New Discrimination Ordinance

2nd March 2020

Employment and Social Security (ESS) released their policy letter on the new discrimination ordinance.

You can download our response below.

Equality Conference

4th July 2019

Thank you to everyone who made the Equality Conference such a success on the 4th July. More than 200 people benefited from the passion and experience of our key note speakers, panellist and workshop facilitators.

Equality Guernsey report

September 2019

The Equality Guernsey report on the workshop series and conference is now available here

Equality and Rights Organisation for Guernsey

In 2013 the States approved, in principle, the establishment of an Equality and Rights Organisation subject to the development and approval of a business plan, and having funding and prioritisation in place.

Unfortunately in March 2020, due to the pressures of resources (funding) and the prioritisation of views an Independent ERO has been scrapped. This would have worked to Promote, Protect and Monitor islanders rights. It was also the body for raising awareness, key to a change in culture. We are disappointed that the business groups G4 have not fully supported the Equality Body as it would significantly benefit small, medium sized businesses (providing information, best practice guides, etc).

What is an Equality and Rights Organisation (ERO)?

From the original proposals:

An ERO is a statutory body designed to help foster a culture of equality, inclusion, diversity and human rights and reduce discrimination.

The States’ Resolution calls for Guernsey’s ERO to be developed in alignment with the Paris Principles, which are UN-adopted guidelines on the status and functions of human rights institutions.

More than 120 countries now have national human rights institutions and/or equality bodies, including the UK, Ireland and small island jurisdictions such as the Overseas Territories of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

According to the Paris Principles, EROs should have independent status.

The Paris Principles provide for a range of possible functions for EROs, which may or may not include:

  • Conducting awareness-raising and education on issues relating to equality, inclusion, diversity and human rights. Acting as an accessible, expert point of contact for enquiries from individuals and others on these issues.
  • Advising individuals, businesses, government and other organisations as to their rights and responsibilities, and best practice, on these issues.
  • Supporting the effective operation of discrimination laws, including producing Codes of Practice.
  • Facilitating the informal resolution of discrimination complaints and referring cases to adjudication bodies or courts if necessary.
  • Conducting enquiries into systemic discrimination issues.
  • Issuing compliance orders.
  • Monitoring, researching and publishing findings in relation to equality.
  • Producing annual reports.
  • Encouraging government’s compliance with international conventions.

More information on the development of the Equality and Rights Organisation can be found by following the links below:

If you would like to find out more or share your views regarding equality in Guernsey, please contact us at: equality@gov.gg or call: 01481 732546.

Guest Worker Rights in Guernsey

This short survey has been put together by Citizens Advice Guernsey and the Equality Working Group in preparation for a series of workshops on equalities this spring.

It would be a great help if you could kindly take a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey is completely anonymous, we do not ask for your name or employer and your answers will help us understand whether and what we need to do to improve working conditions.

The closing date will be May 12th.

The survey can be accessed in several languages on www.citizensadvice.org.gg and saved responses can be sent to equalities@citizensadvice.org.gg

What are human rights?

Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called human rights because they are universal. Whereas nations or specialised groups enjoy specific rights that apply only to them, human rights apply to everyone.

Supported by The Committee for Employment and Social Security

“We are pleased to have instigated this initiative as we want Guernsey to be a more equal and inclusive society and this starts with education and awareness.”

This is just the beginning

The States of Guernsey is preparing to introduce equality and non-discrimination legislation. This builds on the Prevention of Discrimination (Enabling Provisions) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2004 and the Human Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2000. The Human Rights law reflects the European Convention on Human Rights, giving islanders protection of human rights that are recognised in around the world, and requires all public bodies to act in a way that’s consistent with those rights.

How can you be involved?

  • Write to your Deputies to support ESS proposals for Discrimination Legislation and an Equality Body
  • Sign the petition for Anti-Discrimination legislation in Guernsey
  • Attend the States Debate – currently due 15th July

Thank You

This project has been made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors and Partners without whose collaboration we would not have been able to #starttheconversation.

We would like to thank the members of the Equality Working Group for their commitment to this project and generous contribution of time and resources.

Our thanks to all of our incredible Ambassadors who have helped us to #starttheconversation and will continue to be the champions of equality and rights beyond the life of this project.

Without the huge investment of time and resources by international equality and rights organisations we would face an enormous challenge we would like to thank all those who have kindly shared their resources and expertise.

To each and every person in Guernsey who joins this conversation, raising awareness of equalities and rights thank you for your time and experience.