2006 Citizenship Studies GCSE paper.
The United Kingdom Government takes equal opportunity very seriously and has set up special agencies to promote people’s rights. The Commission for Racial Equality provides advice on racial matters while the Equal Opportunities Commission promotes equal opportunities for men and women. More recently, the Disability Rights Commission started work to promote the rights of disabled people.
In spite of this, discrimination sometimes takes place. This is where one person is treated differently simply because of their gender, religion, race, ethnic group or disability. If you have been the victim of unfair discrimination, you can get help from your Citizens Advice Bureau, Law Centre or trade union. They will be able to advise you what to do. You can use civil law to object to unfair discrimination.
All of us have responsibility for treating people fairly whatever their race, sex or disability. We can also make it clear to others that unfair discrimination is unacceptable. Some people have formed pressure groups to campaign for changes in the law and support victims of unfair discrimination. Groups representing disabled people, such as the Disabled Parents’ Network, have been very successful in doing this over the last 10 years.
This looks like standard Guardian stuff to me - I'm not at all sure how this will promote social cohesion. Interestingly there's one area of discrimination law which the paper slides past - that of discrimination against homosexuals. Perhaps they decided class discussions in places like the new forced-integration Burnley schools would be too divisive. After all, if one community thinks they should have their heads kicked while the other thinks they should be thrown off tall buildings - well, that kind of disagreement can escalate.
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