Creating a fairer Britain
This strategy sets out how we plan to use our powers to carry out our human rights duties over the next three years. It also sets out how we will respond to the recommendations of our Human Rights Inquiry.
In response to the consultation, research and formal hearings of the Inquiry, our Human rights strategy sets out our vision of human rights and the role that we can play in protecting and defending these rights, and in supporting public, private and third sector organisations to do the same. The strategy aims to create a climate of respect for human rights – through promoting understanding, demonstrating the value of human rights law in people’s everyday lives.
As the Inquiry found, this work will not be without challenge. We face the task of defining our human rights vision at the same time as defending the existence of human rights in Britain. We will work with domestic and international originations to encourage the implementation of a human rights based approach, while tackling myths and misconceptions about human rights.
However our strategy is also rich in opportunities. The Inquiry showed us how human rights can enable individuals to challenge bureaucracies; how they can empower people to participate more fully and effectively in decisions that affect their lives; and how they can help public officials to design policies that are more respectful of the most vulnerable people in their care. And, most of all, it is encouraging to discover overwhelming support for human rights in Britain. Over 80 per cent of the public recognise the importance of human rights in creating a fair and equal society with decent public services.
The Commission’s vision for human rights is of a Britain in which:
The Commission’s five priorities for human rights are:
In July 2010 the Equality and Human Rights Commission responded to the 13th report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) which concerned the operation of the Commission.
Download the Commission's reponse (Pdf)
The JCHR's comments and recommendations also concerned matters for the Government to respond to. You can read the Government's response on the Home Office website(Pdf).