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The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 strengthened the Race Relations Act 1976. It met a recommendation of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry Report that the full force of Race Relations Legislation should apply to the police.

The amendments outlawed discrimination - both direct and indirect - and victimisation in all public authority functions not covered by the Race Relations Act 1976, with only limited exceptions

The amendments also placed a general duty on specified public authorities to work towards the elimination of discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups in carrying out their functions. The general duty is supported by specific duties, which are enforecable by the Commission for Racial Equality.

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