The CEHR is a non-departmental government body which began work in October 2008 when it took over all the powers of the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission. It also gained new powers to enforce legislation. Its purposes are to reduce inequality, to eliminate discrimination, to promote good relations between people, and to protect human rights.
Interim director-general: Neil Kingham
Chair: Trevor Philips
Address: 3 More London, Riverside, Tooley Street, London SE1 2RG
Telephone: 0203 117 0235
UK equivalents: The HRC covers Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland has a Human Rights Commission established under the Northern Ireland Act.