Being treated fairly and with dignity
At the heart of human rights is the belief that everybody should be treated equally and with dignity – no matter what their circumstances.
This means that nobody should be tortured or treated in and inhuman or degrading way.
It also means that nobody has the right to ‘own’ another person or to force them to work under threat of punishment.
And it means that everybody should have access to public services and the right to be treated fairly by those services. This applies to all public services, including the criminal justice system. For example, if you are arrested and charged, you should not be treated with prejudice and your trial should be fair.
UK law includes a range of human rights which protect you from poor treatment and prejudice, and which require you to have equal and fair treatment from public authorities.
Which human rights are relevant?
- The right to life
- Protection from torture and inhuman and degrading treatment
- Protection from slavery and forced labour
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to a fair trial
- No punishment without law
- Right to respect for private and family life
- Protection from discrimination
Last Updated: 04 Jun 2009