International Human Rights Day 2010

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On the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights we celebrate the achievements of human rights defenders

Archie Mackenzie1948: Signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Watch a former British Ambassador's insight into 'making these documents real in our lives'.

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Meet human rights defenders

This year the UN calls on us to celebrate human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.

These individuals can be found in our local communities, our hospitals and working across Britain's many charities.

We have spoken to some of them to find out how human rights help them make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Watch video clips.






A message from our Commissioner

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren speaks about the role of human rights defenders in the public, voluntary and community sectors, the Commission's role as a national human rights institution, and our achievements this year.

Messages from political leaders

Read messages from
Lord McNally
Sadiq Khan MP
Dr Hywel Francis

Formal Inquiries

Read about our 2010 Inquiries:
Home care of older people
Disability-related harassment
Human trafficking in Scotland
Human Rights Inquiry
Employment practices in the meat processing sector

Guidance for individuals

Read our guides to the UN Conventions on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Explore Dignity Drive, an interactive guide to the Human Rights Act


Human rights: Making a difference to ordinary people

Read about a pilot project by the British Institute for Human Rights and the Equality and Diversity Forum.

Our international commitments

Read our report on how our work fulfills the Paris Principles relating to the status of national human rights institutions.

Our legal interventions

Read about human rights cases in which we have intervened, both domestically and in Europe, resulting in individuals getting the protection they deserve, from soldiers serving overseas to gay people fleeing from persecution.

Human rights in Scotland

Read about the Commission in Scotland's human rights work, including the human trafficking inquiry.

Human rights in Wales

Everyone can be a human rights champion. Read how raising awareness of human rights is gathering momentum in Wales.