what we do

We monitor and advocate economic and social rights in the UK. Through our research, campaigns, training and events we bring together social justice and international human rights law.

Research

We monitor the UK Government’s compliance with its international human rights obligations. We gather primary and secondary sources and we write reports that are publicly available.

Campaign

We hold the Government and public authorities to account by ensuring that law, policy and practice comply with our international human rights obligations. Our main campaign #1forEquality focuses on the enforcement of Section 1 of the Equality Act. 

Training & Events

We work with charities, local communities and academic institutions delivering training and events relating to ESR and international human rights lawYou can view our upcoming and previous events here.
Poverty in the United Kingdom: Human Rights under Threat

June 27 10:30 Geneva/9:30 UK time The UK is the world’s fifth largest economy, yet an estimated 14 million people live in poverty, there are record levels of hunger and homelessness, and in-work poverty as well as child and pensioner poverty are on the rise. This panel, a day before the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights presents the critical findings from his UK country visit to the Human Rights Council, brings him into conversation with experts from UK domestic civil society and international NGOs to reflect on the current state and scale of poverty in the UK and what can be done to address the human rights violations that are both the cause as well as the consequence of poverty. The Special Rapporteur’s report, which the UK government has construed as “barely believable,” finds that policy choices have exacerbated poverty and contributed to associated rights violations. The panel will reflect on the impact of austerity, including the restructuring of the welfare system and reductions to public services, growing reliance on emergency food aid, the disproportionate impact of cuts on historically marginalized groups, and the lack of UK domestic incorporation of socioeconomic rights and duties in law. It will also examine the impact of the negative stereotypes of marginalized groups that are increasingly conveyed by the media as well as the government, leading to their disempowerment. Keynote: Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Remarks: Dr Koldo Casla, Policy Director, Just Fair and Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust, and Visiting Research Fellow, University of York Rebecca Rocket, Member, Unite Community Essex Kartik Raj, Western Europe Researcher, Human Rights Watch Moderator: Loubna Freih, journalist, writer, mediator, and member of Human Rights Watch’s Geneva Committee Jointly organized by OHCHR, Human Rights Watch, and ATD Fourth World

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Partnership

Partnerships are part of who we are. We work with national and international charities, local community groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of ESR and build momentum behind the movement, guaranteeing justice for all.

Just Fair is part of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), which connects 300 NGOs, social movements and campaigners across 75 countries.

Under #1forEquality, we are campaigning with The Equality Trust and 60 other individuals and groups (including Amnesty International, Unison, Runnymede Trust or Women’s Budget Group) to bring to life the socio-economic duty of the Equality Act 2010.

We are working with Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming to promote the language of the right to food in the sector.

Together with Doctors of the World we have reported the negative impact on the right to health of the access to NHS foreign patients’ personal data by the Home Office.

We are part of #EndSection21 campaign to demand the abolishment of no-fault evictions of Section 21, which are contrary to the right to adequate housing.

We led on the research on inequality for the first ever review of the UK’s compliance with the SDGs, produced together with 16 other partners under the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD). 

The
Just Fair Consortium

Between 2014 and 2016 Just Fair convened a Consortium of more than 80 local and national organisations that gathered and submitted evidence in the last UK review by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Below is a list of members.

Get involved

If you’re interested in hearing more about our work or have an idea for how we can work with you, we would love to hear from you.