Taking part in the community
We all have our own experiences of life, which means that we all see life differently.
Every language, way of life and religion adds something to our culture. Similarly, the diversity of range of different thoughts and beliefs makes the UK a more interesting place to live.
Recognising the contribution of diversity to our society requires us to respect other individuals and to treat them fairly and with dignity. Without respect and good relations between groups, people are not able to take an active part in decisions that affect them and may be prevented from fulfilling their potential. A lack of respect between people from different backgrounds can also contribute to social unrest.
You should have the opportunity to express your views and beliefs freely, while respecting those of other people.
You should also be able to take an active part in the life of your community and in Britain’s political processes. It is important that your voice is heard by those making decisions that affect your life.
UK law includes a range of human rights that promote diversity and your participation in the life of the community.
Which human rights are relevant?
- Right to respect for private and family life
- Freedom of thought, belief and religion
- Freedom of expression
- Freedom of assembly and association
- Protection from discrimination
- Right to education
- Right to free elections
Last Updated: 04 Jun 2009