4 Conclusion |
82. It is regrettable that our first report into
the work of the EHRC since the body was set up should have to
refer to the resignation of a number of highly-respected commissioners
who have made serious allegations about the way in which the organisation
is led. These events have damaged the reputation and standing
of the EHRC at a time when it needs to establish its credibility
and show members of all political parties, and the public at large,
why the UK needs a dynamic and effective human rights institution.
83. Although there are recent signs of improvement,
we are very disappointed to conclude that the EHRC has so far
failed to fulfil its human rights mandate and that its current
human rights strategy is in need of substantial enhancement.
84. We previously recommended that the UK needed
a national human rights institution to help advance human rights
and develop a human rights culture, throughout our public services
and beyond. We remain absolutely committed to this vision, but
the EHRC now needs to deliver.
85. We regret that Mr Phillips' reappointment
was not subject to open competition. Parliament should have been
given the opportunity properly to scrutinise the Commission's
performance under his leadership. As a consequence of his reappointment,
Mr Phillips is now in a position to demonstrate that he can work
with others and establish the EHRC on a firm footing.