latest news & announcements

PRISM Workshop on Hate Speech and Hate Crime to take place in London, 10-12 May 2016

Deadline for applications: 6 May 2016

A workshop on hate speech and hate crime will be held in London from 10–12 May 2016. The event is being organised by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) , in cooperation with us at Race on the Agenda (ROTA). The workshop is addressed to lawyers and law enforcement officers and aims at promoting knowledge on hate speech and hate crime prevention strategies and actions.

The workshop will...Read more

Patrick Vernon OBE appointed as Chair of Labour Party's Race Equality Advisory Group

'Fifty years ago today (8th of December) the Labour government of Harold Wilson introduced the first Race Relations Act - outlawing discrimination based on ethnicity. Labour has a strong track record. As recently as 2010 we passed the Equality Act. On this anniversary, Kate Green MP, Labour's Shadow Women & Equalities Minister, announced that Patrick Vernon will chair an advisory group of experts to advise her on policy on race equality. Jeremy Corbyn Leader of the Labour Party' Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party

Kate Green explained that, ‘While we’ve made huge steps...Read more

News on free schools and equality

The Government has made a commitment to opening at least another 500 new free schools in England by 2020.

ROTA is keen to keep pressing Government to put in place measures that support free schools to comply with equality legislation (Equality Act 2010) and Public Sector Equality Duties. We know that many existing free schools are failing to do this. This situation should not develop further.

We have identified forty four newly-elected MPs who have been appointed to Select Committees on Education, Children, Schools & Families or Women & Equalities, or who have...Read more

We Told You So!

Read the latest blog 'Is “We Told You So!“ by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

n my blog of 6 th March 2014 , I forecast that the Immigration Act would make private landlords into unpaid and untrained Immigration Officers. The Immigration Act would become “in effect, a charter for racial and other forms of harassment and abuse where people...Read more

Why the Conservative plan to scrap the European Human Rights Act could be bad news for BME rights in the UK

Read the latest blog 'Why the Conservative plan to scrap the European Human Rights Act could be bad news for BME rights in the UK' by Rob Cole, ROTA Voluntter.

The Conservative plan to replace the European Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights could be disastrous for BME communities who enjoy the protection granted by European authorities against.........Read more

Two upcoming Equality Act Training sessions

Free Two Day Equality Act Training - 28 May and 1 June 2015

Free two day training for organisations supporting Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BME&R) communities.

For more information and to book your place, visit

Free Train the Trainer on the Equality Act 2010 - 8 June 2015

Free training for organisations that wish to be trained to deliver training on the Equality Act 2010.

For more information and to book your place, visit...Read more